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Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important Than Winning Them
David Keen. Yale Univ., $38 (304p) ISBN 978-0-300-16274-5
Conflicts in Africa and Asia have often lasted far longer than either of the world wars. Keen (Endless War?), a professor of complex emergencies at the London School of Economics's department of international development, examines why powerful state and insurgency actors often are "more interested in reaping the economic and political benefits of a conflict (including international aid) than in bringing it to a close." For example, in Sierra Leone, government forces and rebels alike largely financed the war, and some became rich, by trading …