PRIO is happy to invite you to a breakfast seminar with William Reno. He will discuss his recent book “Warfare in Independent Africa” published at Cambridge University Press. This book surveys the history of armed conflict in Africa in the period since decolonization and independence. The number of post-independence conflicts in Africa has been considerable, and this book introduces readers to a comprehensive analysis of their causes and character. Tracing the evolution of warfare from anti-colonial and anti-apartheid campaigns to complex conflicts in which factionalized armies, militias, and rebel groups fight with each other and prey on non-combatants, it allows the readers a new perspective to understand violence on the continent.

William Reno is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is the author of Corruption and State Politics in Sierra Leone (Cambridge, 1995) and Warlord Politics and African States (1998) and numerous other academic and policy publications about conflict in Africa. Professor Reno's research focuses on the politics of conflict in Africa.


  • Morten Bøås, Head of Research Director, Fafo AIS
  • Scott Gates, Director, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO