The Role of ECOWAS in Managing Political Crisis and Conflict: The Cases of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau

By Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Updated: 05/21/2012

TheRoleofECOWAS-GandGBBy Gilles Olakounlé Yabi. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, September 2010.

ECOWAS’s preparations to deploy forces in Guinea-Bissau and Mali echo earlier interventions in Guinea and Guinea Bissau where the West African organization similarly demonstrated that it is willing and able to apply its resources and influence to shape political transitions and reduce tensions. However, the subregional body’s interventions often lack the persistence, coordination, and wherewithal critical to realizing more complex institutional reforms at the national and subnational levels to prevent crises from recurring.

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