The Congo Crisis: The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba


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Pamela Faber returns along with Judd Devermont the director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). They discuss the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first elected prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and its implications for Central Africa.

Additional Reading

U.S. National Archives: “Interview with Congo Chief of Station,” Miscellaneous Records of the Church Committee, Record Number 157-10014-10178, May 3, 2000, and Record Administration,

United States Senate, Church Committee: Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders (Washington: USGPO, 1975).

Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State:“The Congo, Decolonization, and the Cold War, 1960–1965.”

The Congo Crisis, 1960-1961: “A Critical Oral History Conference.”

David Robarge: “CIA’s Covert Operations in the Congo, 1960–1968: Insights from Newly Declassified Documents.”

Jacobin: “Why They Killed Patrice Lumumba: An Interview with Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja.”

Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State: Congo, 1964-1968.

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