The Front(s) for the Liberation of Cabinda in Angola: A Phantom Insurgency

  • Joseph Figueira Martin
Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)


This chapter looks at the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), one of Central Africa’s longest-running separatist insurgencies. It examines the FLEC’s evolution of the last four decades and seeks to shed light on the reasons for the movement’s splintering into numerous factions over the years. The chapter argues that in spite of the FLEC’s divisions along ethnic, religious, and linguistic lines that have characterized the movement over the years, the government’s strategy of co-optation and unwillingness to engage in meaningful peace talks—coupled with a lack of interest from the international community—are equally to blame for what has become one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph Figueira Martin
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  1. 1.African Parks NetworkJohannesburgSouth Africa

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