Briefing from ROAPE Volume 25 Number 77
Conflict, Civil Society & Peace Building in West Africa
In the 1990s, most African conflicts are intra-statal rather then interstatal, although they do have a much broader impact by fuelling regional parallel economies in light arms and assets, generating displaced refugee populations, and creating exile communities. Most African conflicts are thus becoming highly internationalised: both in their effects and in the efforts of various parties to prevent, manage or resolve them. They reflect the fragility and artificiality of the state system bequeathed to Africa by the departing colonial powers.