Building Peace in West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002 - History - 192 pages
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Among all of Africa's troubled regions, West Africa has gone the furthest toward establishing a security mechanism to manage its own conflicts. The ECOMOG intervention in Liberia in 1990-1997 was the first by a subregional African organization relying principally on its own personnel, money, and military material; and ECOMOG's 1998 intervention in Sierra Leone to restore a democratic government to power was equally unprecedented. Adekeye Adebajo explores these two cases, as well as the brief and unsuccessful intervention in Guinea-Bissau in 1999, in this study of regional peacebuilding efforts. After discussing the political, economic, and security contexts of West Africa since independence, Adebajo assesses the domestic and external dynamics of the three conflicts and examines the roles and motivations of the full range of actors. Dissecting the successes and failures of external intervention in each case, he draws crucial policy lessons for building peace through the ECOWAS Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Pecekeeping, and Security.

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Page 174 - Jakkie Cilliers and Greg Mills (eds). From Peacekeeping to Complex Emergencies: Peace Support Missions in Africa. Johannesburg and Pretoria: South African Institute of International Affairs and Institute for Security Studies, 1999.

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Adekeye Adebajo is executive director of the Center for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa. Helen Scanlon is a senior researcher at the Center for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa, and the author of "Representation and Reality: Portraits of the Western Cape Lives," Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane is an ordained priest of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Cape Town and the author of" A World With A Human Face: A Voice From Africa."

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