Ideologies and Conflict in the Post-Cold War
International Journal of Conflict Management, Vol. 20 No. 1, 2009
23 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2013
Date Written: January 1, 2008
In the post-Cold War, and even in the early twenty-first century, armed guerrillas persisted in linking their armed struggle to ideological platforms, though in more flexible versions. Nationalism, fundamentalism and socialism are functional to their tactics and strategies, and have tangible effects at strategic and tactical levels. ree sample cases have been revised exhaustively, but that methodology impedes the examination of a wider spectrum of post-Cold War insurgent organizations, which may balance the results here presented. However, the high relevance of the ideological component in contemporary armed conflicts, as shown in the Afghan, Congolese and Colombian cases, demonstrates the need for further academic works on this topic.
Keywords: ideologies, conflict, nationalism, war, Congo, Afghanistan, Colombia
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