East Africa after Liberation: Conflict, Security and the State since the 1980s

October 31, 2020
East Africa after Liberation: Conflict, Security and the State since the 1980s

Between 1986 and 1994, East Africa's postcolonial, politicalsettlement was profoundly challenged as four revolutionary'liberation' movements seized power in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwandaand Uganda. After years of armed struggle against viciousdictatorships, these movements transformed from rebels to rulers,promising to deliver 'fundamental change'. This study exposes,examines and underlines the acute challenges each has faced indoing so. Drawing on over 130 interviews with the region'spost-liberation elite, undertaken over the course of a decade,Jonathan Fisher takes a fresh and empirically-grounded approach toexplaining the fast-moving politics of the region over the lastthree decades, focusing on the role and influence of its guerrillagovernments. East Africa after Liberation sheds critical light onthe competing pressures post-liberation governments contend with asthey balance reformist aspirations with accommodation ofcounter-vailing interests, historical trajectories and their ownviolent organisational cultures.