- Tobey Berriault
- African Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh UK
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- Research Interests
- Peace and conflict, Cote d'Ivoire, State building, Political mobilization
Ex-combatant Political Engagement in Post-Conflict Côte d’Ivoire
Why do some ex-combatants mobilize to make financial and material gains and others do not? My research examines the political engagement activities of ex-combatants in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire. The activities examined include opposition party politics, mutiny, protest, forming associations, and writing letters. My research demonstrates that the choice of activity varies across groups, with the primary determinant being their own perceptions of whether they are the political ‘victors’ or the politically ‘defeated’ in the post-conflict period. It argues that these choices and subsequent actions are conditioned by past practices of governance and post-independence political norms.
My research shows that the most destabilizing forms of political engagement come from ex-combatants with the closest ties to political power, rather than from those who feel disgruntled and side-lined. This research is based on 12+ months of fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire.
Dr. Zoe Marks
Dr. Paul Nugent
Dr. Barbara Bompani
Master of Arts, Political Science: University of Calgary
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science: University of Calgary