The crises of the post-colonial state in Africa have led to civil wars in various African states. In several of these war affected countries, the state has disintegrated and occasioned myriad adverse consequences, including deaths, injuries, the mass displacement of people, and the collapse of the systems of governance. Against this background, this article examines the methods that have been used to terminate civil wars in Africa, and to set into motion the processes of peacebuilding. The article argues that in order to build durable peace in Africa’s post-conflict societies, the post-colonial state needs to be democratically reconstituted.

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George Klay Kieh, Jr. is Professor of Political Science at the University of West Georgia and Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Ethnic and Federal Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has written quite extensively on various issues relating to peace and conflict studies in Africa. His most recent book is Liberia’s First Civil War: The Crises of Underdevelopment, Peter Lange Publishing, 2008. Email: gkieh@westga.edu


Africa's civil conflicts, Bretton Woods institutions, conflict resolution, durable peace, neo-colonial state, post-colonial state, post-conflict societies, systems of governance, war termination

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