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Jörgel, Magnus
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Persson, M., Jörgel, M. & Matti, H. (2008). Beyond the façade of formal statehood: shadow networks, "big men" and franchised rebellion : case studies from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Beyond the façade of formal statehood: shadow networks, "big men" and franchised rebellion : case studies from the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic
2008 (English)Book (Other academic)
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Stockholm: Försvarshögskolan, 2008. p. 58
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-588 (URN)9789189683020 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-03-23 Created: 2010-03-23 Last updated: 2017-08-07Bibliographically approved
Utas, M. & Jörgel, M. (2008). The West Side Boys: military navigation in the Sierra Leone civil war. Journal of Modern African Studies, 46(3), 487-511
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The West Side Boys: military navigation in the Sierra Leone civil war
2008 (English)In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 46, no 3, p. 487-511Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The West Side Boys were one of several military actors in the Sierra Leonean civil war (1991–2002). A splinter group of the army, the WSB emerged as a key player in 1999–2000. In most Western media accounts, the WSB appeared as nothing more than renegade, anarchistic bandits, devoid of any trace of long-term goals. By contrast, this article aims to explain how the WSB used well-devised military techniques in the field; how their history and military training within the Sierra Leone army shaped their notion of themselves and their view of what they were trying to accomplish; and, finally, how military commanders and politicians employed the WSB as a tactical instrument in a larger map of military and political strategies. It is in the politics of a military economy that this article is grounded.

National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-510 (URN)10.1017/S0022278X08003388 (DOI)000259044900006 ()
Available from: 2010-03-10 Created: 2010-03-10 Last updated: 2020-02-05Bibliographically approved
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