By John M. Kabia
The tip of the chilly struggle has been characterised through a wave of violent civil wars that experience produced remarkable humanitarian disaster and anguish. even if generally intra-state, those conflicts have unfold throughout borders and threatened overseas peace and protection. one of many worst affected areas is West Africa which has been domestic to a couple of Africa's such a lot brutal and intractable conflicts for greater than a decade. This quantity locates the peacekeeping operations of the industrial group of West African States (ECOWAS) inside an increased post-Cold warfare conceptualization of humanitarian intervention. It examines the organization's capability to guard civilians in danger in civil conflicts and to facilitate the strategies of peacemaking and post-war peace-building. Taking the empirical case of ECOWAS, the booklet appears to be like on the demanding situations posed via advanced political emergencies (CPEs) to humanitarian intervention and lines the evolution of ECOWAS from an monetary integration undertaking to a safety association, analyzing the demanding situations inherent in this type of transition.
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