Military Interventions in Sierra Leone: Lessons from a Failed State

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DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 115 pages
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Analyzes the massive turmoil afflicting the nation of Sierra Leone, 1995-2002, and the efforts of outside forces to bring stability to that small country. The taxonomy of intervention ranged from private mercenary armies, through the Economic Community of West African States, to the U.N. and the U.K. In every case, those who intervened encountered a common set of difficulties that had to be overcome. Unsurprisingly, they also discovered challenges unique to their own org. and political circumstances. Serving soldiers can often profit vicariously from the mistakes of others as recounted in detailed case studies of historical events. A cautionary tale that political leaders and military planners contemplating intervention in Africa ignore at their peril.
 

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