Military involvement in post-conflict transformation in African Peace-Building

Rialize Ferreira

Abstract


Post-conflict transformation is a difficult task, since renewed violence frequently flares up after peace treaties have been signed. Failure to end conflict often results from misinterpretations of the roots or an inability of the conflict to create suitable exit strategies for military forces. Reintegration of soldiers and non-state armed actors entails delicate and complex procedures, which are central in maintaining security in a newly created democracy. These all point to the important role of the military in post-conflict transformation. The focus of the study on which this article is based, was on evaluating the role and place of military forces in post-conflict peace-building activities. These activities relate to diverse peacekeeping experiences in Africa, and focused on flaws and challenges in post-conflict peace-building missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic; post-conflict transformation and development; security sector reform and South Africa’s participation as member of the Southern African Development Community.

Keywords


external; internal military forces; post-conflict peace-building; security sector reform; SADC participation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5787/45-1-1192

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