This volume critically examines what happens when war formally ends, the difficult and complex challenges and opportunities for winning the peace and reconciling divided communities. By reviewing a case study of the West African state of Sierra Leone, potential lessons for other parts of the world can be gained. Sierra Leone has emerged as a 'successful' model of liberal peacebuilding that is now popularly advertised and promoted by the international community as a powerful example of a country that they finally got right. Concerns about how successful a model Sierra Leone actually is, are outlined in this project. As such this volume: -
'Francis is a distinguished member of the new generation of African scholars in this field, and this new addition to his corpus of work does not disappoint. He has brought together a group of distinguished scholars to provide a fresh look at post-conflict peacebuilding, with a particular focus on Sierra Leone. At a time when the appetite for liberal peacebuilding is rapidly ebbing, he and his co-authors make a strong case for why - suitably reformed and rooted in local circumstances - external assistance can play a useful role in supporting the process of reconstruction after war.' Malcolm Chalmers, Research Director / Director, UK Defence Policy Studies, UK 'This book clearly delineates the successes and challenges my country experienced when I was at the helm of things, while making the transition from war to peacebuilding and development. It is essential reading for all Sierra Leonean policy-makers as well as others interested in post-war reconstruction especially in Africa.' Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone, 1996-2007
Contents: Introduction: when war ends: building peace in divided communities - core issues, David J. Francis; Saving liberal peacebuilding, Roland Paris; Economic aspects of post-conflict development, Willemijn Verkoren and Gerd Junne; Post-conflict peacebuilding in Africa: between 'virtual peace' and the search for legitimacy, Oscar Mateos; Sierra Leone: a case the international community finally got somewhat right, Bryan Crawford-Garrett; Trickle-down peace: how liberal peacebuilding may be failing Sierra Leone, Carla CastaÃ±eda; Public health and peace building in post-war Sierra Leone, Mohamed Kanu; The role of higher education in developing and sustaining peace in Sierra Leone, Mohamed C. Kamanda; Coming to terms with liberal peace-building in post-war Liberia and Sierra Leone, M.A. Mohamed Salih; Bibliography; Index.