Why Nations Fail

The unending warfare in Africa

By Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
March 15, 2012

Sierra Leone is not the only African nation that has been ravaged by civil war. They have been all too common, and any explanation for African poverty that does not come to grips with these all-too-frequent civil wars is bound to be incomplete. Though the number and death tolls of African civil wars have been declining, they are still ongoing in many parts of the subcontinent, including in various parts of the Niger Delta, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan, and of course Somalia.

Fear and loathing in Sierra Leone

By Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
March 15, 2012

By 1991, Sierra Leone was a failed nation, mired in poverty, with an economy almost continuously shrinking for almost three decades. And thenĀ failure turned into total collapseā€¦