The pretence of peace-keeping : ECOMOG, West-Africa and Liberia (1990-1998)

TitleThe pretence of peace-keeping : ECOMOG, West-Africa and Liberia (1990-1998)
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsK. van Walraven
Series titleClingendael-notitie ; 10
Pagination1 - 131
Date Published1999///
PublisherNetherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael'
Place PublishedThe Hague
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number90-5031-074-5
Keywordscivil war, ECOWAS, Liberia, military intervention, peacekeeping forces, West Africa

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was never intended as a security structure. Its official mandate lies primarily in the economic realm. However, under ECOWAS auspices, Ecomog (ECOWAS Cease-fire Monitoring Group) intervened in Liberia and was able in 1997 to put a peaceful end to the civil war. This study analyses the organization's intervention in the Liberian civil war, with an emphasis on the role of ECOWAS as a multilateral, third-party actor. It deals successively with the institutions involved in the Liberian operation, the mandates concerned and the methods employed by, or in the cadre of, ECOWAS, and the actual practice of ECOWAS intervention. The conclusion attempts to extrapolate, from Ecomog's vicissitudes, certain key factors that conditioned its successes and failures


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