Civil War and democracy in West Africa : conflict by David Harris

By David Harris

In the aftermath of explosive civil wars in Africa in the course of the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, the institution of multi-party elections has usually been heralded through the West as signaling the end result of the clash and the start of a interval of democratic rule. even though, the results of those elections are very hardly uniform, with simply as many nations returning to clash as no longer. right here, David Harris makes use of the examples of Sierra Leone and Liberia to envision the nexus of overseas and family politics in those post-conflict elections. In doing so, he involves the belief that it's political, instead of felony, recommendations which are likely to improve any confident political swap that has emerged from the violence. This e-book is therefore of importance to Western and African coverage makers, and likewise to scholars and students who desire to have interaction with the serious problems with clash solution and reconciliation either in Sierra Leone and Liberia specifically and within the wider sector more often than not.

Show description

Read or Download Civil War and democracy in West Africa : conflict resolution, elections and justice in Sierra Leone and Liberia PDF

Similar war & peace books

Peacebuilding: Women in International Perspective

This e-book clarifies a few key rules and practices underlying peacebuilding; understood largely as formal and casual peace strategies that ensue in the course of pre-conflict, clash and post-conflict transformation. acceptable to all peacebuilders, Elisabeth Porter highlights confident examples of women’s peacebuilding in comparative foreign contexts.

The New Politics of Conflict Resolution: Responding to Difference

This ebook indicates that the clash solution box usually denies distinction whilst it makes an attempt to enforce a innovative and responsive politics. cutting edge theoretical research indicates methods of responding anew throughout distinction and past dominant methods of considering political neighborhood and clash.

Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism

For greater or for worse, many high-profile celebrities and firms became vocal advocates for reasons in Africa, Asia, and Latin the US. Advocacy in clash explores the implications of those pop culture advocacy recommendations, which regularly compromise the integrity of the reason in pursuit of prominence and impact.

Liberal Peace and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Africa

The publication makes theoretical and empirical contributions to contemporary debates on hybrid types of peace and ‘post-liberal’ peace. In making use of options of strength, hybridity and resistance, and supplying other kinds of hybridity and resistance to discover post-conflict peacebuilding in Sierra Leone, the writer makes an unique contribution to current literature via delivering a variety of ways that strength might be exercised not only among locals and internationals, but in addition between locals themselves and the character of peace that's produced.

Additional info for Civil War and democracy in West Africa : conflict resolution, elections and justice in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Sample text

This part of the chapter considers the possibilities of democracy in the face of these areas of concern and, of particular interest to this book, that of winnertake-all elections and representation. Recent African transitions to democracy are situated within a similar global trend, which has particularly affected states in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. e. democratisation, marketisation, state formation and nation-building. 61 In Africa, almost all states face all these transitional difficulties.

Given the variety of outcomes and the array of international forms of intervention, how do we explain these various, albeit not conclusive, outcomes? All through this enquiry and certainly before explanations can be arrived at, it must be kept in mind that a successful solution to a conflict is not only an elusive desire but also an elusive concept to define. On the one hand, there are clearly, in each case, deep and difficult political, societal and international problems to which solutions have to be found.

It is plausible that recent and current African civil wars appear to be on the whole more economically motivated than in the past, because the African state and its military arm have become significantly weaker. 38 It is, though, the assumption that the wars usually start primarily from the motives of greed that is questionable. indd 13 7/25/2011 5:27:57 PM 14 CIVIL WAR AND DEMOCR ACY IN WEST A FRICA the loot after a year or so, instead of risking all in a push to the capital, notwithstanding the appropriative actions of the leaders of several rebel groups once ensconced in government.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.41 of 5 – based on 33 votes