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The Challenge of Civil Wars to Multilateral Interventions – UN, ECOWAS, and Complex Political Emergencies in West Africa: A Critical Analysis
African and Asian Studies (2005)
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
Abstract
Politically and economically weak states are often vulnerable to political disasters which pose considerable challenges to multilateral interveners. During such disasters, the infrastructure of a country can be paralysed and in the emerging chaos, forces of hostile opposition might mobilise in order to take over the government, or people might loose faith in government altogether. This article seeks to analyse the dynamics of such situations by using Liberia and Sierra Leone's complex political emergencies (CPEs) as empirical studies. Here, I analyse the impact of these two CPEs on the collaborative intervention schemes initiated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the UN to prevent basic governmental institutions from falling apart. Despite the intentions underlying such intervention schemes, efforts at resuscitating governance structures do not come without difficulties and challenges. In this article, I analyse some of the different discourses concerning the role of international actors during conflicts and the manner in which such assistance can be exploited by ruling elites to maintain themselves in power in situations of civil wars.
Keywords
  • civil wars,
  • political unrest,
  • international peacekeeping
Publication Date
2005
Citation Information
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning. "The Challenge of Civil Wars to Multilateral Interventions – UN, ECOWAS, and Complex Political Emergencies in West Africa: A Critical Analysis" African and Asian Studies Vol. 4 Iss. 1-2 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kwesi_aning/43/