n Conflict Trends - African regional organisations' peacekeeping experiences and capabilities - : peacekeeping

Volume 2004, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Since the United Nations Security Council began to champion Chapter VIII of the United Nations (UN) Charter some ten years ago, African countries acting through numerous regional organisations have shown themselves willing to take the lead in peace operations on their continent. While only three such organisations had undertaken eight by 1994, by mid-2004 this total had jumped to 25, under the auspices of eight regional bodies. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, like his predecessor Boutros Boutros-Ghali, has supported the Security Council's growing reliance on regional organisations and ad hoc 'coalitions of the willing'.

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