In this paper we develop a simple evolutionary model that analyzes the role of state power in the spread of conflict. We suggest that while strong states may exacerbate conflict by reducing cooperation among rebels, weak states may have the same effect because rebels may not actually care about the capture of state power. We illustrate this model with the cases of Rwanda and the Congo.
- weak state,
- strong state,
- state power,
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