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Civil war in African states : the search for security

Author: Ian S Spears
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : FirstForumPress, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How do disputants in Africa's civil wars -- rebel movements, ethnic groups, state leaders -- find security in the midst of anarchic situations? Why do some rebel movements pursue a secessionist agenda while others seek to overthrow the existing government? Under what circumstances will insurgents agree to share power? Proposing answers to these questions, Ian Spears offers a fresh perspective on the possibilities  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian S Spears
ISBN: 9781935049203 1935049208
OCLC Number: 505423772
Description: xi, 281 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The search for security in Africa --
The wars of Ethiopia and Eritrea --
Unification and quasi-secession in Somalia --
The Angolan civil war --
The search continues.
Responsibility: Ian S. Spears.

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How do disputants in Africa's civil wars -- rebel movements, ethnic groups, state leaders -- find security in the midst of anarchic situations? Why do some rebel movements pursue a secessionist agenda while others seek to overthrow the existing government? Under what circumstances will insurgents agree to share power? Proposing answers to these questions, Ian Spears offers a fresh perspective on the possibilities for ending violent political conflict in Africa. Spears focuses on the security predicaments of the disputants themselves as he closely examines the roots and dynamics of civil wars in Angola, Ethiopia, and Somalia. His original analysis leads to conclusions that challenge prevailing assumptions about the nature both of conflict resolution and of peacebuilding in postconflict societies. -- Publisher description.

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