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Peace and power sharing in Africa: a not so obvious relationship

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Mehler, Andreas

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Abstract Peace accords usually involve top politicians and military leaders, who negotiate, sign, and/or benefit from an agreement. What is conspicuously absent from such negotiations is broad-based participation by those who should benefit in the first place: citizens. More specifically, the local level of security provision and insecurity production is rarely taken into account. The analysis of recent African peace agreements shows important variations in power-sharing devices and why it is important to ask who is sharing power with whom. Experiences with power sharing are mixed and far less positive than assumed by outside negotiators.
Keywords Africa South of the Sahara; conflict management; peace negotiation; political power; peacekeeping; Liberia; Ivory Coast; Kenya; domestic security; political participation
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Konfliktbeendigung; Konfliktbeendigungsabkommen; Machtteilung; Bemühungen um Konfliktbeilegung; Internationales Konfliktmanagement
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages 453–473 p.
Journal African Affairs, 108 (2009) 432
ISSN 0001-9909
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.