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

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

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

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

Synopsis

Of all Africa's troubled regions, West Africa has done the most to establish a security mechanism to manage its own conflicts. This study of regional peacebuilding explores the ECOMOG's intervention in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.

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As a board member and longtime friend of the International Peace Academy, I feel honored to have been asked to contribute this foreword. It is also a matter of personal pride for me to do so in view of my decade-long acquaintance with the author, whom I first met when he invited me to address Oxford University's Africa Society in 1992. Adekeye Adebajo is definitely among the new generation of African scholar-diplomats, having completed a doctorate at Oxford University on the Liberian civil war and served, with my active encouragement, on UN missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq.

While serving as Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the UN between 1990 and 1999, I chaired the UN's Special Committee on Peacekeeping and represented my country on the UN Security Council between 1993 and 1994. Many of the issues described in this monograph, particularly in relation to Liberia and Sierra Leone, were areas of great concern to my country, the West African subregion, the continent as a whole, and the entire international community. The publication of this occasional paper is particularly timely following on the heels of the report of the UN's Inter-Agency Task Force on West Africa in May 2001, which recommended that the UN Security Council adopt a regional approach to managing West Africa's interconnected conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. This occasional paper also makes an important contribution to the literature, as no study has yet examined the dynamics of West Africa's security complex and offered policy recommendations for building a new post-Cold War security architecture in West Africa based on the three cases of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau.

This study tackles contemporary issues that are of utmost significance to building peace in West Africa. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is among the world's avant-garde organizations . . .

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