Peacekeeping and strengthening in African post-colonies

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The key to conflict settlement and exiting crises in Africa resides in the faculty of disarming belligerents and reinserting them into a normalised social life. The particular African context makes this process an especially difficult one; moreover, it is undermined by mutually exclusive individual interests. The role of international organisation, the UN in particular, proves to be decisive, even if different approaches are necessary. Bilateral conflict settlement may prove to be, in this context, an especially adequate means to achieve those operations, if it is accompanied by multilateral consulting that includes other actors. On the whole, a need for more State power is emphasised by these difficulties related to an instable environment. – Summary AFRI-2005