By Isabelle Duyvesteyn
Oil, diamonds, trees, nutrients reduction - just some of the feedback recommend as factors for African wars some time past decade.
Another set of feedback specializes in ethnic and extended family issues. those monetary and ethnic or extended family causes contend that wars are in particular no longer fought by means of states for political pursuits with usually traditional army potential, as initially steered via Carl von Clausewitz within the nineteenth century. This research shows how substitute social organisations to the country can be viewed as political actors utilizing struggle as a political instrument.
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Economic interests also inﬂuenced the armed interactions during the war. The wealth of Liberia was an aim of the ﬁghting during the war. Fighting occurred where easy money could be made. In towns, the shopping districts were looted almost systematically. In the countryside, opencast mining, rubber tapping and logging of 35 CASE STUDY I: LIBERIA, 1987–97 forests were undertaken, using forced labour. The border region with Sierra Leone, which contained the diamond mines, witnessed heavy ﬁghting. Taylor made millions per month exploiting Liberia’s wealth.
ECOMOG was straight away met with enemy ﬁre. Taylor, opposing the ECOMOG forces, had occupied suburbs around the port area. His forces engaged the ECOMOG soldiers and sent out captured coastguard vessels to confront the ECOMOG force at sea. 47 Prince Johnson’s men showed up at the same time and took him captive. At the INPFL headquarters he was tortured to death, with his treatment being captured on video. Doe’s troops continued to put up resistance, facing as they did an uncertain future as members of Doe’s Krahn tribe after his death.
This is a characteristic of conventional war. Other important characteristics are a distinction between combatants and non-combatants in war and the use of a large number of recruits operating openly. Cases In order to avoid selection bias, the case studies have to meet several requirements. First, they must be representative of the phenomenon at hand. The two case studies that have been selected for this study have been the war in Liberia from 1989 to 1997 and that in Somalia from 1988 to 1995.
Clausewitz and African War: Politics and Strategy in Liberia and Somalia by Isabelle Duyvesteyn