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Conflict, Mediation, and the African State: How Foreign Support and Democracy Lead to Strong Political Order

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Abstract(English): Anarchy and war reigning throughout Africa threaten to bring about a “failed” continent. This article, on the contrary, argues that to understand the evolution of African state systems, political order should be defined as a conflict mediation institution and process. Through a quantitative analysis, this paper challenges Charles Tilly's notion that interstate war helps build states and challenges the idea that foreign support retards state building. Democracy, and a complex three-dimensional relationship between intrastate war, political order, and foreign support, on the other hand, can have a positive impact on state strength.
Authors: Glawion, Tim
Type: Journal article
Language: English
Subject: conflict
CIVIL WAR
FAILED STATES
AFRICA
STATE BUILDING
PEACEBUILDING
DEMOCRACY
DEMOCRATIZATION
Link to Fulltext/Resources: http://library.africa-union.org/conflict-mediation-and-african-state-how-foreign-support-and-democracy-lead-strong-political-order-4




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