Auxiliary Armed Forces and Innovations in Security Governance in Mozambique’s Civil War
Who rules during a civil war? Political scientist Corinna Jentzsch (Leiden University) argues that the concept of armed group governance must be expanded to include auxiliary armed forces linked to rebels or the government. Comparing the organisation of rebel and government auxiliaries, she demonstrates that security governance during war is never static, but evolves over time. Evidence from the civil war in Mozambique (1976–1992) shows that the auxiliary’s origin shapes its initial level of autonomy. Second, auxiliary contribution to battlefield success of one side may induce innovations adopted by auxiliaries on the other. Both have distinct consequences for the nature of governance.
- Corinna Jentzsch
- 25 January 2018
- Civil Wars, Volume 19, Issue 3 (2017)