During the past decade or so, Africa has been beset by an extraordinarily high number of wars. Indeed, some two to three million people died because of Africa’s warefare in the 1980’s alone.
That heavy burden of war, most of it originating internally, has been accompanied by frequent external involvement, both in terms of military intervention and through efforts to promote conflict resolution, usually by mediation.
This volume focuses on the role and effectiveness of external intervention in sub-Saharan Africa, primarily during the 1980’s. The authors include a range of Western and African scholars and policymakers with extensive experience in Africa.
The richly detailed case studies examine Angola and Namibia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Mozambique, and Sudan. Additional essays assess the role of the OAU and summarize French, British, and Belgium military involvement. An afterword by former diplomat Chester Crocker offers several guidelines for promoting peace-making and peacekeeping on the African continent in the future.

Related Publications

Managing Natural Resource Wealth

Managing Natural Resource Wealth

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

By: Jill Shankleman

Natural resource-rich countries demonstrate a higher than average risk both of experiencing conflict and of returning to conflict. Jill Shankleman provides lessons from Iraq, Sudan, Angola, Liberia, and Afghanistan.

Peace Agreements: Angola

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Memorando de Entendimento Complementar ao Protocolo de Lusaka para a Cessção das Hostilidades e Resolução das Demais Questões Militares Pendentes nos Termos do Protocolo de Lusaka in Portuguese (04-04-2002) | 2.06MB Posted by USIP Library on: April 18, 2002 Source Name: File e-mailed from the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. Date e-mailed: PDF file e-mailed on April 17, 2002. Lusaka Protocol (11-15-1994) Posted by USIP Library on: November 20, 1998 Source Name: Embassy of t...

AIDS and Violent Conflict in Africa

AIDS and Violent Conflict in Africa

Monday, October 15, 2001

By: Timothy Docking

In light of two disturbing trends--the spread of HIV/AIDS and increases in violent conflict--which are dominant features of today's Africa, the United States Institute of Peace brought together a panel of specialists in May 2001 to examine an often overlooked aspect of the pandemic: the nexus between conflict and AIDS. This report is a synthesis of the most salient points broached during this briefing combined with pertinent supporting information. It concludes with nine policy recommendation...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

View All Publications