What We're Reading

October 2018 | Community-Based Armed Groups

For this month’s What We Are Reading, the RESOLVE Network surveys the literature on militias, vigilantes, armed groups, communal security-providers, and non-state conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. This month, RESOLVE launched a new research and convening project with USAID on Community-Based Armed Groups (CBAGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The digest includes academic articles and datasets that map the Sub-Saharan security landscape, governance networks, the identity dynamics of non-state armed actors, their legitimacy, and ways to address political violence. Click the links to learn more.

Article
Paul Staniland
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2015-03-30
Research on militias portrays them as subservient proxies of governments used to achieve tactical goals. The conventional wisdom, however, ignores the diversity of state and militia relat...
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International Committee of the Red Cross
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2011-09-01
Most wars today pit states against armed groups, and talking with such groups is therefore vital for all those working to promote compliance with the law and strengthen the protection of ...
Article
Claudia Hofmann
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2006-11-24
Formal actors are faced with vast shortcomings in articulating a legal foundation for engaging non-state armed groups. This essay addresses the difficulties, differences and commonalities...
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Michael Lawrence
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2012-05-01
This paper outlines a comprehensive strategy for engaging non-state actors in security sector reform (SSR) by synthesizing the emerging literature on this approach and developing new conc...
Publication
Olivier Walther
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2017-06-12
Long seen as artificial barriers inherited from decolonisation, West African borders now lie at the heart of policies designed to encourage regional trade and combat political instability...
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John Campbell
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2018-03-01
The Sub-Saharan Security Tracker (SST) draws on data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) Project, which documents political conflict across Africa. ACLED collects and ...
Publication
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2018-01-01
The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated conflict collection, analysis and crisis mapping project. ACLED collects the dates, actors, types of violence, ...
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Sabine Carey, Neil Mitchell
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2008-01-01
The Pro-Government Militias Database codes information on pro-government militas for all countries from 1981 to 2007. We expect our database to be most useful for examining patterns acros...