n Conflict Trends - Peacekeeping challenges in Africa : the Darfur conflict

Volume 2008, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Of the international duties that Africa is noted for in the post-Cold War world, participation in peacekeeping is included. Africa is one of the major troop contributors in the numerous efforts to restore peace and order to various conflict areas, particularly those on the African continent. The bulk of African conflicts were either inherited, in the context of the post-colonial crisis that bedevilled the continent, or came during the process of adjustment, consequent to the recession of Cold War politics. The conflict-inducing potential of the simultaneous pursuit of economic reforms, in the form of structural adjustment programmes and democratisation, has also been noted. In addition, elections have proven to be a contentious issue, as the continent's entrenched leadership confront the reality of the periodic renewal of their mandate with the electorate.

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