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Ambiguity and Methodological Transparency in the Study of Civil War: An Answer to Themner’s ‘Lingering Command Structures’ in Liberia
Swedish Defence University, Department of War Studies and Military History, Strategy Division. School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University, Stockholm, (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0462-6679
2022 (English)In: Civil Wars, ISSN 1369-8249, E-ISSN 1743-968X, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 524-534Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Researchers who study civil wars and other armed conflicts are bound to face ambiguities. This article continues the discussion about research brokers in conflict zones that started in a 2019 special issue of Civil Wars and scrutinises the finding that Liberian wartime command structures continue to linger in informal guises long to the post-conflict. Absent transparent acknowledging of the ambiguities it glosses over, past scholarship risks a far too neat story that imbues arguments with untested assumptions. The result neither captures the complexity of contemporary realities of Liberian former combatants nor helps Liberia to move forward from its difficult past.

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2022. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 524-534
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10857DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2022.2075248ISI: 000807038400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10857DiVA, id: diva2:1685339
Available from: 2022-08-02 Created: 2022-08-02 Last updated: 2023-01-27Bibliographically approved

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