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Title:The neglected economic dimensions of ECOWAS's negotiated peace accords in West Africa
Authors:Aning, KwesiISNI
Atuobi, SamuelISNI
Periodical:Africa Spectrum (ISSN 0002-0397)
Geographic terms:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Sierra Leone
peace treaties
economic conditions
natural resources
External link:https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/afsp/article/view/485
Abstract:Since its first intervention in Liberia in December 1989, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has, in conjunction with the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN), managed to resolve intra-State violence in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d'Ivoire through its political and military interventions. One aspect of the work undertaken by ECOWAS that has received little scholarly attention is the economic dimensions of the peace accords it has negotiated. To date, no scholarly work that we know of has focused on this aspect of ECOWAS peace initiatives. The same is true of other peace initiatives, such as those in Côte d'Ivoire, led by other actors. This paper bridges these scholarly lacunae by evaluating the economic dimensions of peace agreements in these three countries, and by examining how these agreements address the distribution and management of economic resources. The authors argue that because these conflicts were partially underpinned by the mismanagement of economic resources, the search for peace should necessarily include addressing economic issues at the negotiating table. Bibliogr., note, sum. in English and German. [Journal abstract]