Military Challenges and Threats in West Africa

  • Kwesi AningEmail author
  • Andrews Atta-Asamoah
Part of the Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace book series (HSHES, volume 5)


Much of the violent and protracted conflicts characteristic of sub-Saharan Africa in the post-Cold War years occurred in West Africa,1 particularly in countries of the Mano River Union (MRU).2 Apart from the fourteen years of intermittent conflict in Liberia, the West African sub-region also witnessed civil war in Sierra Leone; instabilities in Guinea-Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and protracted rebellions in the Southern Cassamance Province of Senegal; resource-related conflicts in Nigeria, ethnic conflicts among the Nanumba and Konkomba in northern Ghana; and political instability in Togo.


United Nations Armed Conflict Security Threat Child Soldier West African Country 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training CentreAccraGhana
  2. 2.Institute for Security Studies (ISS)NairobiKenya

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