James Currey (October 2005)
The United Nations' presence in Sierra Leone has made that country a subject of international attention to an unprecedented degree. Once identified as a source of 'the New Barbarism', it has also become a proving ground for Western interventions in the war against terrorism. The conventional diplomatic approach to Sierra Leone's civil war is that it has been a contest between two clearly defined sides.
David Keen demonstrates this is not the case: the various armed groups were fractured throughout the 1990s, often colluded with one another, and had little interest in bringing the war to an end. This book is not only a comprehensive description and novel interpretation of events in Sierra Leone, it represents a new and innovative approach to the study of war and Third World development and politics generally.
David Keen is reader in complex emergencies with the Development Studies Institute at LSE.
The Crisis States Research Centre at LSE hosts a reception marking the publication of Conflict and Collusion in Sierra Leone, on Friday 11 November at LSE. The event will also mark the publication of A Dirty War in West Africa: the RUF and the destruction of Sierra Leone, by journalist and academic Lansana Gberie.
The launch and reception is from 5.30-7.30pm in the Senior Common Room, 5th Floor, Old Building, LSE. For more details, contact Wendy Foulds, 020 7849 4631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org