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dc.identifier.citation Jackson , R 2002 , ' Violent Internal Conflict and the African State: Towards a Framework of Analysis ' Journal of Contemporary African Studies , vol 20 , no. 1 , pp. 29-52 . , 10.1080/02589000120104044 en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 99898 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1953 en_US
dc.description.abstract Africa is in a deep and persistent malaise. It is by far the least developed continent economically, and the most conflict-prone politically. In policy-making circles and media characterisations, it is 'the hopeless continent' (The Economist May 13-19, 2000). Such pessimism is driven in part by the failure to manage — much less resolve — the destructive consequences of multiple violent conflicts. The ineffectiveness of conflict management efforts by the United Nations, the OAU, sub-regional organisations, or eminent personalities like Nelson Mandela or Jimmy Carter, is itself due in large part to the lack of a conceptual framework for analysing internal turmoil. Without an appropriate diagnosis of the causes of conflict, remedial action becomes a futile, if not dangerous exercise. This article seeks to articulate in preliminary form a framework for understanding and diagnosing the causes of Africa's multiple internal conflicts. It suggests that these are rooted in the everyday politics and discourses of weak states, rather than in outbreaks of ancient hatreds, the pathology of particular rulers, or the breakdown of normally peaceful domestic systems; and argues that the direction of effective conflict resolution lies in reconfiguring local politics and reconstructing the malformed African state rather than in the 'saving failed states' approaches of recent years. en_US
dc.format.extent 24 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Contemporary African Studies en_US
dc.title Violent Internal Conflict and the African State: Towards a Framework of Analysis en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Aberystwyth University en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Department of International Politics en_US

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