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Title: The West African Warscapes: Rebel Factions, Insurgent Opportunism and State Governance
Contributor(s): Lahai, John Idriss  (author)orcid ; Lyons, Tanya (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: This chapter examines the character of insurgent opportunism, rebel governance and the political constructions of building peace and seeking justice in West Africa, with a special focus on Liberia and Sierra Leone, to explain the opportunistic origins, the nature and character of rebel governance, and its associated impact on the political economy of war. It also examines the reasons for the successes and the failures of two warring factions: The National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and the Revolutionary United front (RUF) of Sierra Leone, to institute an alternative governance infrastructure in their areas of political and economic control in these countries during the 1990s. Despite the differences in terms of these rebel groups' strategic governance frameworks within their overall war aims, it was the political and economic considerations around the question of state governance that made it difficult for peace deals to be reached. Until there is a balance between the political need for peace and people's desire for justice on their own terms, and not by the interest-driven approach of the international community, peace will remain elusive.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: African Frontiers : Insurgency, Governance and Peacebuilding in Postcolonial States, p. 17-30
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Place of Publication: Farnham, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781472460097
Field of Research (FOR): 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
160604 Defence Studies
160607 International Relations
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Ashgate plus series in international relations and politics
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