The socio-economic question which this study intends to answer is one of global relevance. For quite some time now, civil wars on the African continent have been a major source of economic and social destruction resulting in excessive human suffering. The primary objective of this study will constitute the analysis of 32 armed conflict episodes across 17 countries between 1990 and 2014 throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Armed conflicts will be defined as the following: “a contested incompatibility that concerns government and/or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths” (UCDP, 2015)v. This study provides an assessment of the various factors which contribute to the duration of sub-Saharan Africa’s many armed conflict episodes as well as an empirical investigation into excess youth and utility theory.
"The Duration of Sub-Saharan African Civil Armed Conflict Episodes,"
The Eastern Illinois University Political Science Review: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/eiupsr/vol5/iss1/2