Economic Community of West African States Conflict Management and Resolution: A Case Study
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This thesis examines the problems of conflict management and resolution in West Africa. The prevalence of conflicts has risen since the last decade and though the Economic Community of West African States has been involved in the management of these conflicts, the efforts were marred by a number of problems. These problems were examined by looking into the effects of the causes of conflicts and the historical background of West African nations. The economy and political culture, organizational structure for security mechanism and mandate for intervention were appraised as methodology parameters in the ECOWAS management of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean conflict case studies. Bad economic and political management, the Anglo-francophone dichotomy and absence of an institutional conflict management mechanism were identified as the problems of conflict management and resolution in West Africa. Bad economic and political management were judged to be the most critical of the problems. This thesis concluded that there is no level of efficiency in the management of conflicts that would eliminate the causes of conflicts and therefore recommended that more ECOWAS efforts should be directed at enhancing economic development of its members and the economic integration of the subregion. The thesis further recommended future studies in area of the economic development and integration, devoid of Anglo-francophone dichotomy for the West African subregion.
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