n Conflict Trends - ECOMOG and subregional security in West Africa - : viewpoint

Volume 1999, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Africa has not benefited much from the post-Cold War peace dividend, for it was not only the most violent continent in the 1990s, but West Africa was also the most turbulent, with wars raging simultaneously in Liberia and Sierra Leone. However, Africa and West Africa also present contrasting experiences on another level. While the post-Cold War period exposed the inability of the continent to tackle its conflicts and the endemic collapse of states, West Africa became the first subregion to establish an indigenous peace support initiative in Liberia in 1990.

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