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22 May 2012 description

The recent trends in the West African sub-region display various contradictions. On the one hand, certain political and economic developments give reason for optimism. On the other hand, new and very serious threats have emerged over the last years which – if not addressed adequately – could undercut gains made and erode stability and security in the whole region. On the positive side, economic growth rates have been promising, and elections have become well established as the only legitimate way of changing the government.

31 Dec 2009 description




Using Sierra Leone as a case study, this paper examines the role of peace support operations (PSOs) and electoral assistance in post-conflict elections, and how they contribute to peace implementation and the restoration of democracy. In this paper, the role of PSOs and electoral assistance is seen as essential for the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections in post-conflict states.