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Title:Special issue: Between protection and stabilization? Addressing the tensions in contemporary Western interventions in Africa
Editors:Bachmann, JanISNI
Gelot, LinnéaISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2206)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:peacekeeping operations
foreign intervention
responsibility to protect
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uafs20/5/3-4
Abstract:This special issue of 'African Security' analyses tensions that have arisen in a number of recent security interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. Four contributors share an interest in how the general concepts of protection and the responsibiity to protect have helped justify recent interventions. John Harald Sande Lie and Adam Branch put the struggle over the meaning of protection in the centre of their analyses. Through their respective discussions of the concept of protection in the UN Mission in Sudan and the international action against the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda they demonstrate that the conceptual openness of protection makes it amenable to a diverse set of actors and practices. Giovanna Bono and Andreas Mehler in their contributions provide detailed empirical accounts of both the justifications and the consequences of international peace operations in Chad and Côte d'Ivoire respectively. The articles in the second part demonstrate what ambiguities arise around the concept of ownership. Louise R. Andersen discusses security sector reform and United Nations peace operations in general. Sara Hellmüller explores the ambiguities of local ownership on the basis of evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Finally, Stig Jarle Hansen explores how private security companies may gain advantage from liberal peace narratives on State-building, democratizaiton and global governance, drawing on the example of peacemaking efforts in Somalia. [ASC Leiden abstract]