n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Liberating Liberia. Charles Taylor and the rebels who unseated him.




August 2003 was a dramatic month for Liberia. Rebels held Monrovia under siege, WestAfrican peacekeepers moved in, President Charles Taylor stepped down and the UnitedStates made its first peacekeeping foray into Africa in a decade. For Liberia, trapped in a14-year cycle of civil war, recent events offer a first chance at peace, but the task ahead isenormous. Years of war and Taylor's corrupt rule have left the country almost entirelydestroyed.


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