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Warlords in Africa

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Zhan Kenchinbayev

on 10 December 2015

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Transcript of Warlords in Africa

Overview of the problem
Is the phenomenon of warlords a sign of the increasing irrelevance of ‘the state’ in international politics?

Neo Liberalism
Social Constructivism
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Warlords in Africa
Kenchinbayev Zhan 20133205
The definitionof a warlord differ, but most authors agree that a Warlord is an actor who accumulate
power and wealth for private means by using military force in an environment where the
formal state has little or no control
Do warlords represent a new form of resistance to West’s attempts to impose neoimperialism
and in that case, to what cost? Or are warlords simply criminal individuals who
undermine already weak states’ capabilities?
Would a realist choose to study warlords?

“Despite their abuse of power and at times unattractive behaviour, local rulers also performed important social functions, supporting religion, culture and encouraging some aspects of a primitive form of civil society. The warlord by contrast was a negative phenomenon/…/his power rested on the possession of military forces, he occupied
territory in a strictly predatory manner and his social activities seldom enriched the lives of civilian families in his grasp/…/it implied protectionism, racketeering and the interception of revenues without any mitigating cultural or religious commitments”
[Mac Kinlay, 2000, p.49].
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