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When the State Fails

When the State Fails

Studies on Intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War

Edited by Tunde Zack-Williams

Was western intervention in Sierra Leone a genuine case of humanitarianism?
Compared with Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, the recent western intervention in Sierra Leone has been largely forgotten. When the State Fails rectifies this, providing a comprehensive and critical analysis of the intervention.

The civil war in Sierra Leone began in 1991 and was declared officially over in 2002 after UK, UN and regional African military intervention. Some claimed it as a case of successful humanitarian intervention. The authors in this collection provide an informed analysis of the impact of the intervention on democracy, development and society in Sierra Leone. The authors take a particularly critical view of the imposition of neoliberalism after the conflict.

As NATO intervention in Libya shows the continued use of external force in internal conflicts, When the State Fails is a timely book for all students and scholars interested in Africa and the question of 'humanitarian intervention'.

Tunde Zack-Williams is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire. He was President of the UK African Studies Association from 2006 to 2008. He is the author of When the State Fails: Studies on Intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War (Pluto, 2011), The Quest for Sustainable Peace: The 2007 Sierra Leone Elections (2008), co-editor of Africa in Crisis: New Challenges and Possibilities (Pluto, 2002) and African Mosaic: Political, Social, Economic and Technological Development in the New Millennium (2009). He is a handling editor of the Review of African Political Economy and a member of the Africa Panel of the British Academy.

'This volume by Sierra Leonean academics offers wide-ranging insights on the causes and dynamics of the Sierra Leone conflict. It provides valuable information on security sector reform and the role of external actors in peace building' - Yusuf Bangura, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development 'Fills a very important niche in our perception of the era of the civil war in Sierra Leone and its aftermath' - Magbaily Fyle, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University
Map of Sierra Leone
Part I
Introduction: Background to War and Post-conflict Peace building, by Tunde Zack-Williams,
1. Multilateral Intervention in Sierra Leone’s Civil War: Some Structural Explanations, by Tunde Zack-Williams
2. International Actors and Democracy Promotion in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone: Time for Stock-taking, by Marcella Macauley
3. International Peace building in Sierra Leone: The Case of the United Kingdom, by Michael Kargbo
4. Intervention and Peace-Building in Sierra Leone: A Critical Perspective, by Jimmy Kandeh
Part II
5. The Role of External Actors in Sierra Leone’s Security Reform, by Osman Gbla
6. Gender, Conflict and Peace building in Africa: The Sierra Leone Experience, by Sylvia Macauley
7. Youth Marginalization in Post-War Sierra Leone: Mapping out the Challenges for Peace, by J. D. Ekundayo-Thompson
8. Conflict and Peace building in Sierra Leone: The Role of the Sierra Leone Diasporas, by Zubairu Wai
Appendix 1 & 2
About the Authors
Published by Pluto Press in Dec 2011
Paperback ISBN: 9780745332208
eBook ISBN: 9781849646215

135mm x 215mm