In the balance : external troop support and rebel fragmentation in the Second Congo War
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The two main rebel groups in the Second Congo War (1998–2003) evolved in remarkably different ways. While the MLC maintained organisational cohesion throughout the war, the RCD split into two rival groups within less than a year. The larger of these rivals then remained cohesive, whereas the smaller group experienced further fragmentation. This article draws on interviews with key protagonists to show that these cross-group differences resulted from different patterns of state sponsorship. Fragmentation occurred when the intra-group distribution of power between a rebel leader and an internal rival hung in the balance because external troops supported both sides.
Tamm , H 2019 , ' In the balance : external troop support and rebel fragmentation in the Second Congo War ' , Journal of Strategic Studies , vol. Latest Articles . https://doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2019.1701442
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