Jacien Carr


School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Professor Richard Reid

Academic Interests:

African Military History
Counterinsurgency and Insurgency History
African Political History
Liberian History
Sierra Leonean History


Poro War:  Secret Societies, Spirit Possessions and the Exercise of Violence during the First Liberian Civil War, 1989-1996

Bio Note:

Mr. Carr is a native of Liberia, a former veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and an alumni of The Ohio State University.  He begins his studies in the fall semester of 2016 at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.  Mr. Carr intends to trace the Poro’s (one of the oldest religions in West Africa) evolution of warfare from the Hut Tax War (1898) to the First Liberian Civil War (FLCW).  In doing so Carr argues that the strategy implemented by Charles Taylor of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia during the FLCW was part of a longer Poro tradition of waging war.  

Added September 2016