Elite cooptation and inclusion as drivers of armed conflict


21 March 2018



At this Africa Lunch Meeting, Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, Professor of Political Geography and Conflict at Sussex University and  Director of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), explored how domestic political arrangements between elites can incentivise political violence, looking in particular at experiences in sub-Saharan Africa. She presented a framework for understanding the ways in which subnational governance arrangements produce divergent types and dynamics of political violence. She showed how the variation in agents of governance, i.e. how a regime shapes its territorial presence and subnational relationships, structures the forms of violent conflict that emerge within and across states.