Peacekeeping without Nigeria: ECOWAS Intervention in Guinea Bissau and Cote d’Ivoire
This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book discusses the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) interventions in West Africa have far reaching implications for humanitarian intervention and Africa's international relations. The ECOWAS intervention in Guinea Bissau adds new dimension to the analysis of West African security. It covers substantial issues surrounding ECOWAS conflict management and resolution mechanism, there still remain vast areas for further research. Firstly, there is need to further study the link between local mercenaries and conflicts in the sub-region and how this impacts on the operations of peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention missions. Secondly, there is need for further research into the evolving concept of co-deployment between the UN and regional/sub-regional organisations with view to developing an effective framework to guide such operations. And finally, further research is needed to study the emerging broader concept of human security and how this relates to ECOWAS.