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Title:Conflict Resolution in Africa in Post-Cold War Era: A New Perspective
Author:Owolabi, A.O.ISNI
Periodical:Indian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
international politics
conflict resolution
Inter-African Relations
Politics and Government
Military, Defense and Arms
Abstract:In spite of the changes in the global environment in the 1980s, regional conflicts in Africa are on the increase and there is a corresponding need to develop new ways to manage and resolve them. Current approaches towards resolving African conflicts, whether unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral, have become anachronistic in the face of the events that have since accompanied the demise of the Cold War between the East and the West. In the circumstances, the only practical approach is to tackle the fundamental problems of ethnicity, poverty, religion, and boundary disputes, all of which have constituted barriers to African political integration, from a purely African perspective. African countries must mobilize available resources, embark on confidence-building efforts, encourage security cooperation among themselves, and develop appropriate security responses in order to resolve African conflicts. Note, ref.