Other Reads on Identity Conflict

Ethnocentrism and Communal Conflict in Africa

By York Shaw-Taylor, Racism Review, 2009

Civil wars and communal conflict in Africa are often attributed to the strength and prevalence of ethnic identity over national or civic identity and its attendant affect on political and social allegiances. Yet a review of recent survey data in several African countries is unable to validate this popular proposition.

Deciphering Disorder in Africa: Is Identity the Key?

By Crawford Young, World Politics, 2002

Noted Africa-watcher Crawford Young reviews five books that examine the role of identity in recent conflicts in Liberia, Rwanda, Algeria, and elsewhere. While competing identities certainly can influence conflict, they are just one factor among many that cause and perpetuate them.

Ethnicity, Insurgency and Civil Wars

By James Fearon and David Laitin, APSR, 2003

The authors counter the influential claim that civil wars have proliferated after the end of the Cold War by presenting data suggesting civil wars since the 1990s have their roots in conflicts from the 1950s and 1960s.

Security Topics: Identity Conflict