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A military commander exercising civil power in a region, whether in nominal allegiance to the national government or in defiance of it.

war′lord′ism n.


(Military) the practices of a warlord
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Warlordism and radical Islam plague the economically depressed countries of Sub-Saharan Africa Devolution and chaos becomes a normal state of affairs absent a strong centripetal force.
Pakistan's regional policy is purely driven by ground realities; in line with the international norms of diplomacy, Pakistan historically has acknowledged those stakeholders legitimate rulers who control the capital, Kabul while warlordism remains an integral and perpetual phenomenon.
The prisoners urged the president to announce a general amnesty, order the release of incurable and elderly inmates, ensure swift dispensation of justice and bring to an end warlordism and mafia system in the country.
Tragically, the country continues to suffer from ethnic feuds, warlordism and state corruption.
Some Afghan analysts had been predicting such a return to warlordism ever since President Barack Obama decided to withdraw U.
I would also caution against employing the phrase "military satrapies" to describe regional, decentralized warlordism.
According to her, insecurity in Afghanistan has been caused by warlordism , the narco-trade, groups that threaten the peace process, regional interference and crime; and the main threats to human security are identified as chronic and pervasive poverty and poor livelihoods, poor health and nutrition, massive population displacements, a degraded environment and distrust in dysfunctional state institutions.
Is it possible to envisage political alternatives to Taylor's warlordism (or that of warlords who might succeed him?
In fact, the risk of becoming locked in a protracted, low-intensity war against militancy and warlordism is likely to outweigh any geopolitical advantages that the US would gain from military bases in the country.
Instead it was the startling lack of attention given to the rise of irregular warfare--including insurgency, warlordism and the 'new terrorism'.
In eviscerating government institutions and changing the structure of Sudanese governance into a patronage marketplace, the NCP is posing a choice between authoritarian patrimonialism and warlordism.
personnel left the country, which reverted to warlordism and chaos.