ECOWAS and the Dynamics of Conflict and Peace-building. Edited by Thomas Jaye, Dauda Garuba and Stella Amadi. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2011, 252 p., ISBN: 978-2-86978-496-3Number of visits: 6763
ECOWAS and the Dynamics of Conflict and Peace-building testifies to the fact that we cannot talk of West African affairs, more so of conflict and peace-building, without talking about ECOWAS. For over two decades now, West Africa has remained one of Africa’s most conflict-ridden regions. It has been a theatre of some of the most atrocious brutalities in the modern world. It has, nonetheless, witnessed one of the most ambitious internal efforts towards finding regional solutions to conflicts through ECOWAS.
The lead role of ECOMOG – the ECOWAS peacekeeping force – in search of peaceful solutions to civil wars in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau and Cote d’Ivoire has yielded a mix of successes and failures. In this book, the authors take a candid look at the role that ECOWAS has played and show how the sub-regional organisation has stabilised and created new conditions conducive to nation building in a number of cases. Conversely, the book shows that ECOWAS has aggravated, if not created, new tensions in yet other cases. The comparative advantage that ECOWAS has derived from these experiences is reflected in the various mechanisms, protocols and conventions that are now in place to ensure a more comprehensive conflict prevention framework.
This book provides a nuanced analysis of the above issues and other dynamics of
conflicts in the region. It also interrogates the roles played by ECOWAS and various other actors in the context of the complex interplay between natural resource governance, corruption, demography and the youth bulge, gender and the conflicting interests of national, regional and international players.
Thomas Jaye is the Deputy Director of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana. His research interests include international security issues, democracy, post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction. His main work has been on regional security issues and security sector reform (SSR) with emphasis on security sector governance.
Dauda Garuba is the Nigeria Programme Coordinator for Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) – an independent policy organisation dedicated to promoting research, capacity building and advocacy on effective governance of oil, gas and mining revenues. He was formerly a Senior Programme Officer for peace and security at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, Nigeria.
Stella Amadi was, until 2009, the Head of Programmes at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Abuja, Nigeria. She is a lawyer and gender specialist. She has participated regularly in the annual meetings of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the United Nations in New York..