Durable Peace: Challenges for Peacebuilding in Africa

Edited by Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthews

© 2004

The African continent has been racked with war in the years since decolonization. In the aftermath of violent conflict, peace is often fragile. With Durable Peace, Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthews have brought together leading scholars to discuss the experiences of ten African countries —Angola, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe— in recovering from violent civil war.

In this series of remarkable and thought-provoking essays, the contributors shed light on the process of peacebuilding. Collectively, they demonstrate that if efforts to restore peace in war-torn societies are to be successful, such efforts must be wide in scope, involving security and political issues, as well as economic development and socio-psychological reconciliation. Additionally, they must be extended over long periods of time and, above all else, anchored in the local community.

Peacebuilding is a difficult process, subject to frequent setbacks, and sometimes outright failure. Durable Peace concludes that any peacebuilding effort must include at least four building blocks: a secure environment, new political institutions that are broadly representative, a healthy economy, and a mechanism for dealing with injustices of the past and future. How these blocks are put together will vary, but if they are arranged to fit the specific local circumstances, the outcome will likely be self-sustaining peace.

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  • Page Count: 460 pages
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With Durable Peace, Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthews have brought together leading scholars to discuss the experiences of ten African countries in recovering from violent civil war.

Durable Peace: Challenges for Peacebuilding in Africa

Edited by Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthews

© 2004

The African continent has been racked with war in the years since decolonization. In the aftermath of violent conflict, peace is often fragile. With Durable Peace, Taisier M. Ali and Robert O. Matthews have brought together leading scholars to discuss the experiences of ten African countries —Angola, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe— in recovering from violent civil war.

In this series of remarkable and thought-provoking essays, the contributors shed light on the process of peacebuilding. Collectively, they demonstrate that if efforts to restore peace in war-torn societies are to be successful, such efforts must be wide in scope, involving security and political issues, as well as economic development and socio-psychological reconciliation. Additionally, they must be extended over long periods of time and, above all else, anchored in the local community.

Peacebuilding is a difficult process, subject to frequent setbacks, and sometimes outright failure. Durable Peace concludes that any peacebuilding effort must include at least four building blocks: a secure environment, new political institutions that are broadly representative, a healthy economy, and a mechanism for dealing with injustices of the past and future. How these blocks are put together will vary, but if they are arranged to fit the specific local circumstances, the outcome will likely be self-sustaining peace.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 460 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.2in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'Good case studies are enormously valuable for policy makers, and this well-edited collection is better than most: a very valuable addition to the literature on African peacebuilding.'


    Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group
  • Author Information

    Taisier M. Ali is an independent scholar living in Toronto.



    Robert O. Matthews is a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction - Taisier M. Ali and Robert 0. Matthews

    Part One: Peacebuilding after Military Victory

    • Post-Civil War Transitions in Ethiopia - John Young
    • Obstacles to Peacebuilding in Rwanda - Timothy Longman
    • Uganda: The Politics of 'Consolidation' under Museveni's Regime, 1996-2003 - John Kiyaga-Nsubuga

    Part Two: Peacebuilding after a Negotiated Settlement

    • Reconstructing Peace in Liberia - William Reno
    • The Peace Dividend in Mozambique, 1987-1997 - Alexander Costy
    • Postwar and Post-Apartheid: The Costs and Benefits of Peacebuilding, South African Style - John S. Saul
    • Zimbabwe and Sustainable Peacebuilding - Hevina Dashwood

    Part Three: Peacebuilding under Threat

    • Somalia: International versus Local Attempts at Peacebuilding - Hussein M. Adam
    • Failures in Peacebuilding: Sudan (1972-1983) and Angola (1991-1998) - Taisier M. Ali, Robert 0. Matthews, and Jan Spears

    Part Four: General Themes

    • Development and Peacebuilding: Conceptual and Operational Deficits in International Assistance - James Busumtwi-Sam
    • Structural Deficits and Institutional Adaptations to Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa - James Busumtwi-Sam, Alexander Costy, and Brace D.Jones

    Conclusion: The Long and Difficult Road to Peace - Taisier M. Ali and Robert 0. Matthews

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