Collective Insecurity: The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism, and Global Order

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UBC Press, 2003 - History - 186 pages
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Africa's notorious civil wars and seemingly endless conflicts constitute one of the most intractable threats to global peace and security in the post-Cold War era. This book provides both a superb analysis of the historical dysfunction of the postcolonial African state generally and, more specifically, a probing critique of the crisis that resulted in the tragic collapse of Liberia.

Using a historical deconstruction and reconstruction of the theories and practice of international law and politics, Ikechi Mgbeoji ultimately shows that blame for this endless cycle of violence must be laid at the feet of both the Western powers and African states themselves. He further posits that three measures--a reconstructed regime of African statehood, legitimate governance, and reform of the United Nations Security Council--are imperative for the creation of a stable African polity.

Collective Insecurity will be of interest to students and practitioners of international law and international relations, and those with an interest in security studies, politics, and African studies.

  

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Contents

Collective Security and the Liberian Conflict
48
The Liberian Conflict and International Law on Foreign Intervention
71
The UN Charter and the Ratification of the ECOWAS Action
103
Reconfiguring Collective Security in Africa
128
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Ikechi Mgbeoji is a professor in the Faculty of Law,Osgoode Hall, York University.

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