Violent Non-State Actors in Africa

Terrorists, Rebels and Warlords

  • Caroline Varin
  • Dauda Abubakar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Caroline Varin
    Pages 1-13
  3. Terrorists

  4. Rebels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Berouk Mesfin
      Pages 163-193
    3. Jennifer Melvin
      Pages 195-221
  5. Warlords

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Jo-Ansie van Wyk
      Pages 225-250
    3. Clayton D. Allen
      Pages 301-321
    4. Caroline Varin
      Pages 323-328
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-340

About this book


This book explores the rise and impact of violent non-state actors in contemporary Africa and the implications for the sovereignty and security of African states. Each chapter tackles a unique angle on violent organizations on the continent with the view of highlighting the conditions that lead to the rise and radicalization of these groups. The chapters further examine the ways in which governments have responded to the challenge and the national, regional and international strategies that they have adopted as a result. Chapter contributors to this volume examine the emergence of Islamist terrorists in Nigeria, Mali and Libya; rebels in DR Congo, Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Rwanda; and warlords and pirates in Somalia, Uganda and Sierra Leone.


violent non-state actors Africa security terrorism rebel warlord sovereignty post-colonial

Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Varin
    • 1
  • Dauda Abubakar
    • 2
  1. 1.Regent’s UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Political Science and African StudiesUniversity of Michigan-FlintFlintUSA

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