1st Edition

Peacekeeping in Africa The evolving security architecture

Edited By Marco Wyss, Thierry Tardy Copyright 2014
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of peacekeeping in Africa.

    Recent events in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mali remind us that violence remains endemic and continues to hamper the institutional, social and economic development of the African continent. Over the years, an increasing number of actors have become involved in the effort to bring peace to Africa. The United Nations (UN) has been joined by regional organisations, most prominently the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), and by sub-regional organizations like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Meanwhile, traditional and emerging powers have regained an interest in Africa and, as a consequence, in peacekeeping.

    This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and challenges of international peacekeeping in Africa, with a focus on the recent expansion of actors and missions. Drawing upon contributions from a range of key thinkers in the field, Peacekeeping in Africa concentrates on the most significant and emerging actors, the various types of missions, and the main operational theatres, thus assessing the evolution of the African security architecture and how it impacts on peace operations.

    This book will be of much interest to students of peacekeeping and peace operations, African politics, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

    Introduction: Africa: The Peacekeeping Laboratory, Thierry Tardy and Marco Wyss  1. Changing Dimensions of International Peacekeeping in Africa, Megan Gleason-Roberts and Alischa Kugel  2. An Evolving Model of African-led Peace Support Operations? Lessons from Burundi, Sudan (Darfur) and Somalia, Jide Martyns Okeke  3. EU Peacekeeping in Africa: Towards an Indirect Approach, Alexander Mattelaer and Esther Marijnen  4. Whose Money Funds African Peace Operations? Negotiating Influence and Autonomy with External Partners, David Ambrosetti and Romain Esmenjaud  5. China’s Peacekeeping Efforts in Africa: Assessing the Contributions, Future Prospects, and Challenges, Ian Taylor  6. Indian Peacekeeping and the Performance of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zachariah Mampilly  7. Primus inter Pares? France and Multi-Actor Peacekeeping in Côte d’Ivoire, Marco Wyss  8. When the Neighbours Keep a Foot in the Door: Regional Interventions and Peacekeeping Missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, Judith Vorrath  9. The Long Path to MINUSMA: Assessing the International Response to the Crisis in Mali, Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni  10. The Democratic Republic of Congo: A Laboratory for International Peace Operations, Meike Froitzheim  11. The Perils of Peacekeeping as a Tool of RtoP: The Case of Darfur, David Lanz  12. The Dilemmas of State Consent in United Nations Peace Operations: The Case of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, Giulia Piccolino  Conclusion, Karen A. Mingst


    Thierry Tardy is a Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies. He is the editor of European Security in a Global Context (2009) and Peace Operations after 11 September 2001 (2004).

    Marco Wyss is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Chichester, UK. He is the author of Arms Transfers, Neutrality and Britain’s Role in the Cold War (2013) and Un Suisse au Service de la SS (2010).

    'This book makes a major contribution to understanding the genesis and evolution of the African peace and security architecture and the multidimensional peace support operations environment within which it should respond to is a critical nexus that is routinely overlooked. Peacekeeping in Africa: The Evolving Security Architecture bridges this gap with this highly readable and informative book that will be useful for practitioners, policymakers and academics alike and anyone seeking deeper and more nuanced knowledge of the operational environment within which the African Union’s evolving peace and security structures will be responding. The critical suggestions by the authors concerning how to better improve responses is most welcome. There is no doubt that is an essential must-read for those interested in and concerned about Africa’s responses to its security challenges.'--Kwesi Aning, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana


    'Peacekeeping in Africa provides a long-needed comprehensive analysis. Its chapters by leading and emerging experts map recent trends and draw out important lessons. Must read for policy makers, academics and activists interested in African peace and security.' -- Alex Vines, Chatham House, London, UK