Justifying Interventions in Africa

(De)Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo

Authors: Wilén, N.

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This new paperback edition of Justifying Interventions in Africa includes a new preface written by Professor Annika Björkdahl from Lund University. Analysing the UN interventions in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo, Wilén poses the question of how one can stabilize a state through external intervention without destabilizing sovereignty. She critically examines the justifications for international and regional interventions through a social constructivist framework.

About the authors

Nina Wilén is a Post-Doctoral FNRS Research Fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels. She has published extensively on interventions and peacebuilding operations and in particular focused on reconstructing armies after conflict in Africa. Dr. Wilén teaches at ULB and Sciences Po Paris parallel to her research and fieldwork in Africa.

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“Theoretically insightful and empirically detailed, this study deftly analyzes the complex and contradictory impacts of contemporary intervention on the sovereignty of ‘the intervened’.  Through the careful unpacking of key concepts such as ownership and capacity-building, Wilén teases out crucial – and hitherto unresolved – tensions in the peacebuilding orthodoxy. An important work.” (Timothy Donais, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University)

“This is an important book that addresses the difficult issue of how international intervention affects sovereignty and the legitimacy of government. Dealing with the three cases of Burundi, Congo and Liberia, Wilén skilfully uses empirical evidence to dissect the language of the international community with regard to local ownership, sovereignty and legitimate action. At the same time these empirical cases shed light on the theoretical underpinnings of international intervention in Africa.” (Professor Paul Jackson, Birmingham University)

“This study interrogates how statebuilding and liberal peacebuilding have had many inintended consequences, not least on the legitimacy of international claims about their "responsibility to protect" and in parallel on local expectations of sovereignty and local ownership. In Africa both of these sets of claims have been somewhat exposed over the last decades, as this valuable and detailed study ably documents in especially rich and insightful empirical detail.” (Oliver Richmond, Professor at the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews)

“This important book explores the contradictory logic behind peacebuilding interventions. It intrigues the reader by critically examining the paradoxical problem of stabilizing sovereignty through intervention. Based on original fieldwork, this thoroughly researched book provides penetrating empirical insights as well as a stringent theoretical contribution to the debate about challenges and chanegs of key concepts, such as sovereignty and peacebuilding interventions and their normative underpinnings." (Annika Bjoerkdahl, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Lund University)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Study of Sovereignty, Intervention and Peace Operations in International Relations

    Wilén, Nina

    Pages 1-9

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  • Analysing a Moving Target: The Complex Concept of Sovereignty

    Wilén, Nina

    Pages 10-38

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  • Intervention, Justifications and Interpretations: The Case of ECOWAS in Liberia

    Wilén, Nina

    Pages 39-62

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  • Sanctions, Justifications and Reactions: The Case of the Regional Initiative in Burundi

    Wilén, Nina

    Pages 63-91

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  • Intervention, Justifications and Interpretations: The Case of the SADC in the Congo

    Wilén, Nina

    Pages 92-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Justifying Interventions in Africa
Book Subtitle
(De)Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37496-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230374966
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-31398-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33946-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 225
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