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Making War in Cote d'Ivoire
After a brief period of active combat in 2002, the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire settled into a pattern of neither war nor peace until the 2010 elections led to a new phase of direct conflict. During these taut years, short bursts of intense violence alternated with long periods of standoff. When things were peaceful, the Ivorian political elite and the press produced inflamma ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Hurst & Co.
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Also known as "that book that every American who moves to Cote d'Ivoire buys, but never reads." As complex discussion of the political theory of conflict, I'm sure it's fine. But don't buy it if you're looking for an introduction to Cote d'Ivoire. It's horribly written and totally indecipherable to anyone who is not already familiar with Ivorian politics and the relevant conflict theories.
Seeing there is not a lot of scholarly work on the Cote d'Ivoire civil wars McGovern's work is definitely an important book. With that said, I do not agree with the majority of 'thirdness' arguments he puts forward. At any given point General Guie and other leaders could have issued or started war, but chose not to. ON the flip side, the chance of a population rising up to start all out war is limited. So sure, for the bottom-up approach, McGovern's arguments have some merit. But, I think this b ...more