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From Suez to Sudan: UN Peacekeeping in Africa

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Dr. Adekeye Adebajo will present his new book From Suez to Sudan: UN Peacekeeping in Africa. This book uniquely assesses the United Nations’ diverse peacekeeping roles in Africa over the last five decades, covering 15 cases in Africa’s five subregions: Suez, Western Sahara, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia, Ethiopia/Eritrea, South Sudan, and Darfur.

Adopting a historical approach, this volume provides an in-depth analysis of the key domestic, regional, and external factors that led to success or failure in each case, offering lessons for future UN missions in Africa and beyond. The study is based both on the author’s two decades of policy research on the subject as well as practical experiences with UN missions in Western Sahara, South Africa, and Iraq, and African regional institutions and actors.

Dr. Adekeye Adebajo has been Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, since 2003. He served as Director of the Africa Programme of the New York-based International Peace Academy. During the same period, Dr Adebajo was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York. He previously served on UN missions in South Africa, Western Sahara, and Iraq. Dr Adebajo is the author of Building Peace in West Africa; Liberia’s Civil War; and The Curse of Berlin: Africa After the Cold War; co-editor of Managing Armed Conflicts in the Twenty-First Century; West Africa’s Security Challenges; A Dialogue of the Deaf: Essays on Africa and the United Nations; South Africa in Africa; Nigeria’s Foreign Policy After the Cold War; and From Global Apartheid to Global Village: Africa and the United Nations. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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