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UN Peacekeeping in Africa : From Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts

Adekeye Adebajo, Johannesburg, Fanele, August 2011, 288p., ISBN : 978-1-92019-629-5

Adekeye Adebajo, UN Peacekeeping in Africa : From Suez Crisis to the Sudan Conflicts
Johannesburg, Fanele, August 2011, 288p.,
ISBN : 978-1-92019-629-5

This book is about the games that Great Powers play.

Nearly half of all UN peacekeeping missions in the post–Cold War era have been in Africa, and the continent currently hosts the greatest number (and also the largest) of such missions in the world. Uniquely assessing five decades of UN peacekeeping in Africa, Adekeye Adebajo focuses on a series of questions : What accounts for the resurgence of UN peacekeeping efforts in Africa after the Cold War ? What are the factors that have determined the success, or contributed to the failure, of the missions ? Does the mandating of so many peacekeeping missions signify the failure of Africa’s regional security organizations ? And, crucially, how can a new division of labour be established between the UN and Africa’s security organisations to more effectively manage conflicts on the continent ?

Adebajo’s historically informed approach provides an in-depth analysis of the key domestic, regional, and external factors that shaped the outcomes of fifteen UN missions, offering critical lessons for future peacekeeping efforts in Africa and beyond.

- Introduction : Blue Berets, Burning Brushfires.
- The Stealing of Suez and the Sahara : The United Nations in North Africa.
- “No More Congos !” : The United Nations in the Great Lakes Region.
- Orphans of the Cold War : The United Nations in Southern Africa.
- The Tragic Triplets : The United Nations in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire.
- The Conflicts of Identity : The UN in the Horn of Africa.
- Conclusion : From Burden Shedding to Burden Sharing.

Adekeye Adebajo is executive director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His numerous publications include From Global Apartheid to Global Village : Africa and the United Nations, Liberia’s Civil War : Nigeria, ecomog, and Regional Security in West Africa, and Building Peace in West Africa : Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau.


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