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Former Military Networks and the Micro-Politics of Violence and Statebuilding in Liberia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research. The Nordic Africa Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1884-8109
2015 (English)In: Comparative politics, ISSN 0010-4159, E-ISSN 2151-6227, Vol. 47, no 3, 334-353 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent studies have highlighted the inability of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs to dismantle command structures in the aftermath of civil war. The effect that lingering military networks have on peace, however, is ambiguous. Therefore, a key question—which has so far been unanswered—is why some ex-military networks are remobilized for violent purposes while others are used for more productive ones, such as income-generating activities. In this article, I seek to address this question by comparing two former mid-level commanders (ex-MiLCs) in Liberia and the networks that they control. Based on this comparison I argue that it is ex-MiLCs who are shunned by governing elites as peacetime brokers of patronage—distributing economic resources to ex-fighters—that are most likely to remobilize their ex-combatant networks.

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New York: City University of New York , 2015. Vol. 47, no 3, 334-353 p.
Keyword [en]
disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, DDR, ex-combatants, statebuilding, peacebuilding, Liberia, civil wars
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Peace and Conflict Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248639DOI: 10.5129/001041515814709284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248639DiVA: diva2:800497
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2015-04-06 Created: 2015-04-06 Last updated: 2017-12-04

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