How easy is it for rebel groups to purchase weapons and
ammunition in the middle of a war? How quickly can commodities such
as diamonds and cocoa be converted into cash to buy war supplies?
And why does answering these questions matter for understanding
civil wars? In What Rebels Want, Jennifer M. Hazen
challenges the commonly held view that rebel groups can get what
they want, when they want it, and when they most need it. Hazen's
assessments of resource availability in the wars in Sierra Leone,
Liberia, and Côte d'Ivoire lead to a better understanding of rebel
group capacity and options for war and war termination.
Resources entail more than just cash; they include various other
economic, military, and political goods, including natural
resources, arms and ammunition, safe haven, and diplomatic support.
However, rebel groups rarely enjoy continuous access to resources
throughout a conflict. Understanding fluctuations in fortune is
central to identifying the options available to rebel groups and
the reasons why a rebel group chooses to pursue war or peace. The
stronger the group's capacity, the more options it possesses with
respect to fighting a war. The chances for successful negotiations
and the implementation of a peace agreement increase as the options
of the rebel group narrow. Sustainable negotiated solutions are
most likely, Hazen finds, when a rebel group views negotiations not
as one of the solutions for obtaining what it wants, but as the
Subjects: Political Science
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