Re-describing Transnational Conflict in Africa

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Nov 11, 2019 | Journal of Modern African Studies, Allard Duursma, Noel Twagiramungu et al

Policy makers and scholars have long argued that post-colonial Africa has experienced many civil wars but very few interstate conflicts. Based on a new data set in Transnational Conflict in Africa (TCA), Allard Duursma, Noel Twagiramungu et al question this assertion in an article in the Journal of Modern African Studies. They find that the definitions of ‘interstate conflict’ and ‘civil war’ are too narrow to capture the specificities of Africa’s wars. Transnational links are a major feature of armed conflict. and conflict prevention and resolution should not be seen as simply an internal matter for the country concerned. Policy makers must understand and integrate the political interests of neighbours and regional hegemons into their planning for peace negotiations and peace support operations.


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