Case #1549.0

Containing the Chaos: the US-UN Intervention in the Congo 1960-1965

Publication Date: November 15, 1999
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The end of the colonial period in the former Belgian Congo in 1960 precipitates a period of civil war, linked to the US-USSR Cold War rivalry. This case tells the story of the United States' and United Nations' attempts to stabilize the situation. The US, in particular, sought to combine support of the UN with an aggressive CIA-run covert action in order to associate itself with the cause of anti-colonialism and thereby undermine Soviet efforts to become the world's friend to revolutionary movements. Written with support from the Central Intelligence Agency, this definitive account of the war in the Congo is based on sources such as State Department cables and United Nations records, as well as interviews and personal recollections of the author.

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Case Author:
Kirsten Lundberg and Charles Cogan
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United States