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Title:Business and War in Angola
Author:Cilliers, JakkieISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Angola
Subjects:political stability
civil wars
peace treaties
oil companies
Economics and Trade
international relations
Military, Defense and Arms
Abstract:The traditional argument is that only the start of peace could imply an end to the massive mismanagement of the economy of Angola. By implication, 'good governance' must be delayed until the end of the war and can only be implemented during the post-conflict phase. But students of war agree that the best counter-insurgency strategy is good governance, implying that accountability, development and delivery should not be delayed in anticipation of an elusive peace that has withstood the Alvor, Bicesse and Lusaka agreements. Thus far, the mechanisms adopted by the international community to break the self-perpetuating cycle of greed, corruption and war-profiteering in Luanda have carefully avoided the engagement of the oil industry. But there is an increased expectation that responsible business should accept a role in ensuring political stability and social development in partnership with the international community.