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Title: Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Liberia-Whither the Peace Dividends?
Authors: Gebe, B.Y.D.
Attuquayefio, P.
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Gebe, B.Y.D. & Attuquayefio, P. (2008). Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Liberia-Whither the Peace Dividends? Legon Journal of International Affairs Vol.5 No.2 pp. 88-107.
Abstract: In 1989, Liberia was plunged into one of the most devastating civil wars ever witnessed in the West African sub region. After eight year of war during which several factions of the warring parties emerged, a truce was reached leading to the election in July 1997, of Charles Taylor as President of the Republic of Liberia. Taylor’s ascendancy to the presidency however did not end the conflict. Challenged by factions that were made up basically of his former allies, namely the Liberians United for Reconstruction and Development (LURD) in 2001 and later by the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), an International Criminal Court arrest warrant hanging over his head, amidst the conclusion of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Accra, Taylor was forced into exile in Nigeria in 2003. In 2005, following democratic elections supervised by the United Nations, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf assumed power as President of the Republic of Liberia. Since then, Liberia has been engaged in a process of post-conflict reconstruction. With considerable UNMIL presence in Liberia, a significant number of aid agencies present and a population worn out by years of war, it is not far-fetched to expect that the peace achieved will last. This notwithstanding, examples of post-conflict countries that have relapsed into violent conflict abound in Africa. This together with indications of some unresolved issues relating to the conflict makes it prudent to question the extent to which the peace dividends if any achieved, can be sustained. This study thus, attempts to examine the post conflict reconstruction of Liberia based on information gathered on the field. It is with the aim of ascertaining the extent to which the peace reached is sustainable.
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