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State-Sponsored Mass Killing in African Wars—Greed or Grievance?

  • Chyanda M. Querido
Original Paper

Abstract

What motivates African governments to engage in mass killings at some stage in the armed conflicts? I make the argument that violence against civilians is the outcome of a rational decision process. Using an empirical model, I identify the conditions for civil wars to evolve into mass killings. The results show that the existence of oil onshore and diamonds, the cost of a military conflict, and the number of ethnic groups in a country affect the likelihood of mass killing.

Keywords

Mass killing Civil war Africa 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Risk Management Analyst, Bank of AmericaNew YorkUSA

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