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Regional Trade and Security Cooperation: A Case Study of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

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Abstract

The chapter critically examines ECOWAS and its efforts to strengthen regional trade and security cooperation in West Africa. It analyses four key factors: firstly, the trade and security frameworks that ECOWAS has adopted since it was established and how the frameworks are contributing to facilitating regional trade cooperation; secondly, the performance of ECOWAS in preventing and managing conflicts within the region; thirdly, the approaches used in aligning the organisation’s trade and security initiatives so that they can mutually reinforce each other and fourthly, the factors that undermine trade and security initiatives in the region and how they could be overcome.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Fourah Bay CollegeUniversity of Sierra LeoneFreetownSierra Leone

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