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Conflict and Collusion in Sierra Leone [Paperback]

David Keen


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20 Oct 2005
The United Nations' presence in Sierra Leone has made that country a subject of international attention to an unprecedented degree. Once identified as a source of 'the New Barbarism', it has also become a proving ground for Western interventions in the war against terrorism. The conventional diplomatic approach to Sierra Leone's civil war is that it has been a contest between two clearly defined sides. Keen demonstrates this is not the case: the various armed groups were fractured throughout the 1990s, often colluded with one another, and had little interest in bringing the war to an end. This book not only represents a new and innovative approach to the study of war and Third World development and politics generally. DAVID KEEN is Professor of Complex Emergencies at the Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics North America: Palgrave


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Rather than emerging from the UN Security Council chamber, from research institutions focused on econometric work, or from the boardrooms of private sector actors involved in civil war situations, this volume is rooted in Sierra Leone itself, often taking us to the city, town and village level to understand the local dynamics of war and survival. ... I can think of no scholar of the political economy of war who has more influenced policy thinking over the past ten years than Keen. I was fortunate to be one of the first to hear him describe his months of field research in Sierra Leone, where he sought to understand both the initial drivers of the conflict and those factors sustaining violence - nation-wide and locally. - David M. Malone, International Peace Academy How useful it would have been to have had his analysis during the tortuous attempts to bring an end to the conflict. ...The real value of David Keen's excellent book will be to ensure that, with this clearer understanding of what led to the tragedy of Sierra Leone, better attempts will be made to ensure that such events are not repeated and that lasting peace and prosperity will prevail. That's what the people of Sierra Leone want and deserve. - Peter Penfold, THE ROUND TABLE

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This book may shake up the way you think about war and violence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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