n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2004, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


As many countries on the African continent move out of a situation of armed conflict the demand for additional peace support activities increases. The concept and practice of peacekeeping has changed dramatically in the past decade to meet the shifting trends of conflict that today encompass complex political and humanitarian emergencies. Post-conflict reconstruction is gaining more importance as stakeholders recognise that for any peace process to be sustainable there needs to be long-term commitment to address social, political and economic reform. In a world focussed on combating terrorism and where there are diminishing resources for development aid, the major challenge remains as to where the resources will come from for peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction activities.

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