Africa's First Peacekeeping Operation: The Oau in Chad, 1981-1982

Africa's First Peacekeeping Operation: The Oau in Chad, 1981-1982

Africa's First Peacekeeping Operation: The Oau in Chad, 1981-1982

Africa's First Peacekeeping Operation: The Oau in Chad, 1981-1982

Synopsis

The Organization of African Unity (OAU) fielded the first successful African-mandated multinational peacekeeping operation in Chad in 1981-1982. Rather than being a strictly humanitarian mission, Mays shows how the force evolved as a foreign policy tool of Nigeria supported by France and the United States. He details every meeting/conference between 1979 and 1981 that discussed a peacekeeping option for Chad and offers an exhaustive examination of the logistics, deployment, and operations of the OAU peacekeeping mission.

Excerpt

Oau Secretary-General Edem Kodjo

OAU Chairman Daniel Arap Moi of Kenya delivering the opening address at the 1981 oau summit in Nairobi, Kenya, June 27, 1981

French President François Mitterrand and President Ronald Reagan in Yorktown, Virginia, October 19, 1981

President Ronald Reagan, French President François Mitterrand, and Nigerian President Shehu Shagari pose with other world leaders at the Cancun Economic Summit, October 23, 1981

President Ronald Reagan chatting with Zairian President Mobutu Seko at the White House, December 2, 1981

Chadian President Hissene Habre visiting President Ronald Reagan at the White House, June 19, 1987

Note: Illustrations follow Chapter 4.

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