n Journal of African Foreign Affairs - ECOWAS, peace and conflict management in West Africa

Volume 3, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN : 2056-564X
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5658


The Economic Community of West African States was formed in the twentieth century to promote multidimensional cooperation that will bring peace and sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ironically, while the Community tries to attain the day to day goals of the organization; the recurrent cases of civil wars, internal conflicts and terrorism continually abort the peace that is needed to enthrone sustainable regional development. This paper is a study on the challenges to regional peace in West Africa. It traced the origins as well as the organs of the Community and shows how ECOWAS has successfully managed a number of conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Bissau and Cote d'Ivoire, while highlighting the policies and programs adopted to manage conflict and promote sustainable development. Finally, it called for multi-track approach in the war against terrorism, revolution, multi-dimensional conflicts and political crisis that have bedevilled the West African region.

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