oa Africa Dialogue Monograph Series - Lesotho Intervention: Implications for SADC. Military interventions, peacekeeping and the African Renaissance

Volume 1 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7004



In the first part of this paper,we will look at the lessons that can be drawn from the Lesotho intervention byanalysing the following aspects: the level of authorisation; the mandate; theidentity of the SADC Task Force; civilian leadership; rules of engagement;secrecy and surprise; and policy and planning. While this is not an exhaustivelist, it is designed to focus on the policy, decision making and institutionalissues at stake, with a view to improving these aspects in future. The operational issues have been addressed by a number of other commentators andthe South African National Defence Force (SANDF) itself. The second part of the paper will look at the implications that theselessons learned hold for future SADC missions. These implications will bediscussed in the context of the SADC Organ for Politics, Defence andSecurity. It will highlight the need for a SADC policy on peace missions, andthe necessity of developing capacity for early warning, conflict analysis,preventive diplomacy and the greater use of civilian missions. In conclusion,the paper will look at the implications of these lessons learned for therelationship between SADC, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and theUnited Nations (UN)

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