This book provides a comprehensive analysis of peacekeeping in Africa.

Recent events in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mali remind us that violence remains endemic and continues to hamper the institutional, social and economic development of the African continent. Over the years, an increasing number of actors have become involved in the effort to bring peace to Africa. The United Nations (UN) has been joined by regional organisations, most prominently the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU), and by sub-regional organizations like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Meanwhile, traditional and emerging powers have regained an interest in Africa and, as a consequence, in peacekeeping.

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and challenges of international peacekeeping in Africa, with a focus on the recent expansion of actors and missions. Drawing upon contributions from a range of key thinkers in the field, Peacekeeping in Africa concentrates on the most significant and emerging actors, the various types of missions, and the main operational theatres, thus assessing the evolution of the African security architecture and how it impacts on peace operations.

This book will be of much interest to students of peacekeeping and peace operations, African politics, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.

chapter |14 pages


Africa – the peacekeeping laboratory
ByThierry Tardy, Marco Wyss

part |75 pages


chapter |20 pages

Changing dimensions of international peacekeeping in Africa

ByMegan Gleason-Roberts, Alischa Kugel

chapter |17 pages

An evolving model of African-led peace support operations?

Lessons from Burundi, Sudan (Darfur) and Somalia
ByJide Martyns Okeke

chapter |19 pages

EU peacekeeping in Africa

Towards an indirect approach
ByAlexander Mattelaer, Esther Marijnen

chapter |17 pages

Whose money funds African peace operations?

Negotiating influence and autonomy with external partners
ByDavid Ambrosetti, Romain Esmenjaud

part |58 pages

States' policies

chapter |20 pages

China's peacekeeping efforts in Africa

Assessing the contributions, future prospects, and challenges
ByIan Taylor

chapter |17 pages

Primus inter pares?

France and multi-actor peacekeeping in Côte d'Ivoire
ByMarco Wyss

part |96 pages

Case studies

chapter |20 pages

When the neighbors keep a foot in the door

Regional interventions and peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia
ByJudith Vorrath

chapter |19 pages

The long path to MINUSMA

Assessing the international response to the crisis in Mali
ByLori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni

chapter |18 pages

The Democratic Republic of Congo

A laboratory for international peace operations
ByMeike Froitzheim

chapter |18 pages

The perils of peacekeeping as a tool of RtoP

The case of Darfur
ByDavid Lanz

chapter |19 pages

The dilemmas of state consent in United Nations peace operations

The case of the United Nations operation in Côte d'Ivoire
ByGiulia Piccolino

chapter |8 pages


“New wine in old bottles” – the struggle for a new African security architecture
ByKaren A. Mingst