n Journal of African Foreign Affairs - The role of the international community in sustaining conflicts in Africa

Volume 6 Number 3
  • ISSN : 2056-564X
  • E-ISSN: 2056-5658



Africa has become notorious for conflicts of different kinds. Ethnicity and religion are usually cited as some of the causes of these conflicts, while access to resources is another factor. Some of these conflicts are intermittent, others have been lingering for some time. Africa is said to be poor, but if this is the case, how are Africans able to sustain conflicts – some of which are carried out by rebel groups against their governments? The paper addresses this question by reflecting on the role played by the international community in fuelling and sustaining African conflicts. Using realism as a theory, it argues that countries are driven by self-interest to sponsor African conflicts. The findings show that a lack of resources has created a fertile ground for the international community to be involved in African conflicts. The authors call on Africans to be vigilant and to unite to address these conflicts.

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