n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2007, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Since the days of the Roman Senate, parliamentary bodies have provided legitimate, democratic forums for individuals and groups to present their interests and grievances through their elected representatives. As national institutions, however, a parliament's scope of influence was generally limited by its nation's borders. As the overlapping and regional nature of Africa's conflicts developed and modern approaches to economic cooperation, conflict resolution, and peace-building in Africa adopted a more regional focus as well, the role of national and regional parliamentary bodies in these vital areas failed to keep pace. These responsibilities were increasingly shouldered by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other nonstate actors unencumbered by national politics, identities or mandates.

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