Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and its Discontents

Insurgent Fragmentation in the Horn of Africa: Rebellion and its Discontents

By: Michael Woldemariam (author)Hardback

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When insurgent organizations factionalize and fragment, it can profoundly shape a civil war: its intensity, outcome, and duration. In this extended treatment of this complex and important phenomenon, Michael Woldemariam examines why rebel organizations fragment through a unique historical analysis of the Horn of Africa's civil wars. Central to his view is that rebel factionalism is conditioned by battlefield developments. While fragmentation is caused by territorial gains and losses, counter-intuitively territorial stalemate tends to promote rebel cohesion and is a critical basis for cooperation in war. As a rare effort to examine these issues in the context of the Horn of Africa region, based upon extensive fieldwork, this book will interest both scholarly and non-scholarly audiences interested in insurgent groups and conflict dynamics.

About Author

Michael Woldemariam is an Assistant Professor of international relations at Boston University's Pardee School of Global Studies. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict, the behavior of rebel organizations, and post-conflict institution building. He has special expertise on the Horn of Africa region, where he has travelled extensively. His research has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and is forthcoming in a number of edited volumes, and he has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Bradley Foundation, the Truman National Security Project, and a research specialist with the Innovations for Successful Societies program at Princeton University.


Part I. Theory and Concepts: 1. Organized rebellion and its intractable problem; 2. A theory of rebel fragmentation; Part II. Rebellion in Ethiopia and Eritrea: 3. The Eritrean Liberation Front: 'Jebha' in action, 1960-1982; 4. The Eritrean People's Liberation Front: 'Shaebia' in action, 1972-1991; 5. The second wave of rebellion: Tigrayans, Oromos, Afars, and Somalis, 1975-2008; Part III. Rebel Fragmentation in the Broader Horn: 6. The long war in Somalia: the Somali National Movement, Islamic Courts Union, and Harakat al-Shabaab al Mujahidin, 1981-2013; 7. Concluding thoughts.

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  • ISBN13: 9781108423250
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 330
  • ID: 9781108423250
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 1108423256

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