Africa's notorious civil wars and seemingly endless conflictsconstitute one of the most intractable threats to global peace andsecurity in the post-Cold War era. This book provides both a superbanalysis of the historical dysfunction of the post-colonial Africanstate generally and, more specifically, a probing critique of thecrisis that resulted in the tragic collapse of Liberia.
Using a historical deconstruction and reconstruction of the theoriesand practice of international law and politics, Ikechi Mgbeojiultimately shows that blame for this endless cycle of violence must belaid at the feet of both the Western powers and African statesthemselves. He further posits that three measures - a reconstructedregime of African statehood, legitimate governance, and reform of theUnited Nations Security Council - are imperatives for the creation of astable African polity. In the post-9/11 era, this holistic andmultilateral approach to collective security remains the world'sbest route to peace and socio-political stability.
Collective Insecurity is a vital addition to the study ofinternational law and will be of interest to students and practitionersof international law and international relations, and those with aninterest in security studies, politics, and African studies.
A timely, well written book that will appeal to those interested in Africa—international lawyers, international relations specialists, and others who are concerned about the impact of the “global war on terrorism” on the role of international law and social justice ... there is no question that this is an important book that draws on a wide variety of sources and disciplines to address both an area that has been neglected for far too long in the US (African politics and history) and an issue that is at the forefront of US foreign policy today (the legitimate use of military force internationally).
The book is a significant contribution to the fields of international law and African studies ... [It] provides a basis from which to start to make sense of a vast continent which has been forgotten in its hour of need. It points the way forward and clarifies the difficult historical and intellectual problems that must be comprehended if Africa is to be understood both by Africans as well as outsiders.
1 The Myth of African Statehood
2 Collective Security and the Liberian Conflict
3 The Liberian Conflict and the International Law on ForeignIntervention in Domestic Conflicts
4 The UN Charter and the Ratification of the ECOWAS Action by theSecurity Council: Implications for Global Security
5 Reconfiguring Collective Security in Africa
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