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ECOWAS and Conflict Prevention in West Africa: Confronting the Triple Threats
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
  • A. Sarjoh Bah, New York University
In this paper, Dr. A. Sarjoh Bah and Dr. Kwesi Aning, addresses three critical transnational challenges, referred to as the “triple threats” confronting West Africa, namely: governance, drug trafficking and small arms and light weapons. They contend that the combined effects of these threats could undermine the security and stability of the entire sub-region. Consequently the analysis focuses on policy responses by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in confronting the triple threats and offers specific recommendations on how these responses can be enhanced. Among other things, the authors call on ECOWAS to articulate its concerns relating to the drugs menace as a strategic issue with long-term implications not only for the sub-region but also for Europe, the United States and Latin America. This, they argue should not be viewed as a humanitarian issue as is common practice with developments relating to Africa.
  • west africa,
  • criminal violence,
  • governance and security,
  • small arms
Publication Date
September 9, 2009
Center on International Cooperation, New York University
Citation Information
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning and A. Sarjoh Bah. ECOWAS and Conflict Prevention in West Africa: Confronting the Triple Threats. New York City(2009)
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