A warlord is a leader able to exercise military, economic, and political control over a subnational territory within a sovereign state due to their ability to mobilize armed forces loyal to them. These armed forces, usually considered militias, are loyal to the warlord rather than to the state regime. Warlords have existed throughout much of history, albeit in a variety of different capacities within the political, economic, and social structure of states or ungoverned territories.
Warlords were present historically in either pre-modern states or “weak state” societies, and in countries designated “weak states” or “failed states” in modern times, there is a tremendous degree of variance in the political, economic, and societal organization, structure, and institutions in states where warlordism exists.
Although Warlords were things of the history but the truth is that “in this Modern world of ours Warlords have risen and are taking command of our fate.
“Piracy and war gave place to trade, politics and letters; the war-lord to the law-lord; the privilege was kept, whilst the means of obtaining it were changed.”
Today’s warlords are functioning within the political framework through a degree of bargaining with the state regime so the warlord, sometimes individually and sometimes in a coalition with other warlords, is acting with the explicit consent or at least in understanding with the political governments.
Warlords have turned into hybrid transformers, temporarily joining a warlord coalition in collusion with the regime or defecting for political expedience – transitioning from one paradigm to the other based upon their strategic interests.
That is the reason today We are witnessing unending wars in many regions of the World.
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