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Durable Peace: Challenges for Peacebuilding in Africa / Edition 1

Durable Peace: Challenges for Peacebuilding in Africa / Edition 1


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Durable Peace: Challenges for Peacebuilding in Africa / Edition 1

The African continent has been racked with war in the years since decolonization. In the aftermath of violent conflict, peace is often fragile. With Durable Peace, Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthews have brought together leading scholars to discuss the experiences of ten African countries — Angola, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe — in recovering from violent civil war.

In this series of remarkable and thought-provoking essays, the contributors shed light on the process of peacebuilding. Collectively, they demonstrate that if efforts to restore peace in war-torn societies are to be successful, such efforts must be wide in scope, involving security and political issues, as well as economic development and socio-psychological reconciliation. Additionally, they must be extended over long periods of time and, above all else, anchored in the local community.

Peacebuilding is a difficult process, subject to frequent setbacks, and sometimes outright failure. Durable Peace concludes that any peacebuilding effort must include at least four building blocks: a secure environment, new political institutions that are broadly representative, a healthy economy, and a mechanism for dealing with injustices of the past and future. How these blocks are put together will vary, but if they are arranged to fit the specific local circumstances, the outcome will likely be self-sustaining peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802084637
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Taisier M. Ali is an independent scholar living in Toronto.

Robert O. Matthews is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Creditsix
Part 1Peacebuilding after Military Victory
1Post-Civil War Transitions in Ethiopia19
2Obstacles to Peacebuilding in Rwanda61
3Uganda: The Politics of 'Consolidation' under Museveni's Regime, 1996-200386
Part 2Peacebuilding after a Negotiated Settlement
4Reconstructing Peace in Liberia115
5The Peace Dividend in Mozambique, 1987-1997142
6Postwar and Post-Apartheid: The Costs and Benefits of Peacebuilding, South African Style183
7Zimbabwe and Sustainable Peacebuilding219
Part 3Peacebuilding under Threat
8Somalia: International versus Local Attempts at Peacebuilding253
9Failures in Peacebuilding: Sudan (1972-1983) and Angola (1991-1998)282
Part 4General Themes
10Development and Peacebuilding: Conceptual and Operational Deficits in International Assistance315
11Structural Deficits and Institutional Adaptations to Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa354
Conclusion: The Long and Difficult Road to Peace393

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Gareth Evans

'Good case studies are enormously valuable for policy makers, and this well-edited collection is better than most: a very valuable addition to the literature on African peacebuilding.'

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