Exiled Chief of Staff to Rwandan president Paul Kagame on the regime

February 7, 2011

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R).

As waves of revolt across North Africa bring under scrutiny U.S. support for dictators for the sake of stability, many argue not enough attention is paid to other parts of Africa.Observers argue that in other parts of the continent, U.S. support for so called “strong-man” regimes have produced bad policy outcomes and weakened U.S. influence in the region.

Brian Endless is a senior advisor to the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation and a political science professor at Loyola University-Chicago. Theogene Rudasingwa was Chief of Staff to Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and served as Rwanda's Ambassador to the U.S. He now lives in exile in the United States. Rudasingwa believes the so called Rwandan “Miracle” is a myth. He brings a rare insiders glimpse into the Kagame regime. Theogene says he left the Kagame regime because of a crisis of conscience.