In Defense of Regional Peace Operations in Africa
This article argues that in the light of recent interventions by regional and sub-regional organisations in Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sudan, regional organizations cannot longer be considered unfeasible.
The paper is structured into three parts:
- First, it discusses the underlying idea of regionalising peace operations as well as the five most potent arguments commonly advanced against them.
- Second, it contends that the recent surge in relatively effective regional peace operations in Africa as well as the ongoing development of a promising African security architecture provide enough empirical evidence to successfully challenge these arguments.
- The remaining part of the paper assesses the prospects for a further regionalisation of peace operations in Africa and briefly elaborates on the challenges ahead.