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The West Side Boys: military navigation in the Sierra Leone civil war
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Strategy Section.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Modern African Studies, ISSN 0022-278X, E-ISSN 1469-7777, Vol. 46, no 3, 487-511 p.Article 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.

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2008. Vol. 46, no 3, 487-511 p.
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-510DOI: 10.1017/S0022278X08003388ISI: 000259044900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-510DiVA: diva2:302980
Available from: 2010-03-10 Created: 2010-03-10 Last updated: 2013-06-13Bibliographically approved

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