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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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Full-blown warlordism became the norm in Somalia following the toppling of the military dictatorship of Siad Barre in 1991 by clan-based militias.
Instead, warlordism and a further entrenchment of the regime's corrupt networks likely will endure.
And because political clans are closely tied with warlordism, Zubiri explained that in the proposed BBL, it has provisions that would 'make it very difficult for them to do any shenanigans with their funding.
Where before the ARMM reflected the ills obtaining in a poor region, from corruption, inefficiency and unprofessionalism in government and corporate service, to political patronage to warlordism, a caretaker government established that year showed a sharp turnaround, even denying corrupt politicians of their bloodline of several hundreds of millions of pesos stashed in government agencies.
Intensified political dynasties, even warlordism in some areas might be a drawback of a federal form of government," he said.
Absent this commitment, Syria will sink back into the quagmire of factionalism, warlordism and destructive foreign interference.
Among the topics are mercenaries and warlords in the Achaemenid Empire, commanders and warlords in fourth-century BC central Greece, prolegomena to the study of warlordism in later Hellenistic Anatolia, why there were no warlords in Republican Rome, and generalissimos and warlords in the late Roman west.
The government should work on grievances fueling the insurgency such as corruption, injustice, warlordism, and marginalization of tribal and ethnic groups.
Mian Raza Rabbani said that warlordism is detrimental to the growth of the society and people would resist any move hampering democratic process.
Rabbani said that warlordism was detrimental to the growth of the society and the people would resist any move hampering the democratic process.
The choice is between a chaotic breakdown into warlordism or, possibly, a new constitutional arrangement that would create a more decentralized, confederal Iraq.
The danger is that Afghanistan may deteriorate into the warlordism resulting into the collapse of the state and civil war.