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Unity is the exception. Alliance formation and de-formation among armed actors in Northern Mali

Desgrais, Nicolas, Guichaoua, Yvan, Lebovich, Andrew (2018) Unity is the exception. Alliance formation and de-formation among armed actors in Northern Mali. Small Wars & Insurgencies, 29 (4). pp. 654-679. ISSN 0959-2318. E-ISSN 1743-9558. (doi:10.1080/09592318.2018.1488403) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:69932)

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Our paper investigates the political trajectories of armed actors in Mali since 2012, using recent theoretical advances on alliance formation and collapse in civil wars. Our paper establishes an analytically productive distinction between levels of wartime cleavages and factors shaping groups’ trajectories. Strategic alliances, we argue, emerge from anticipated benefits on the national political scene as well as in the local political economy. The two sets of considerations do not necessarily converge. This dual logic is studied through the cases of two armed groups, both siding with the government after originally aligning with jihadi and separatist coalitions respectively.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09592318.2018.1488403
Uncontrolled keywords: Alliance, civil war, Mali
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Yvan Guichaoua
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 14:13 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:56 UTC
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