Is the international community helping to recreate the preconditions for war in Sierra Leone?

Hanlon, Joseph (2005). Is the international community helping to recreate the preconditions for war in Sierra Leone? The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 94(381) pp. 459–472.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00358530500243641

URL: http://www.open.ac.uk/personalpages/j.hanlon/Sierr...

Abstract

"In a very real sense, the conditions that spawned the war and inflicted gruesome casulaties on Sierra Leone's citizens have not disappeared", the International Crisis Group has warned. In this paper we argue that many of those conditions are being recreated. The same old men who were responsible for the war are still in power, both in government and in a reinstated chieftaincy system, and corruption is still endemic, while young people remain jobless and largely uneducated. Further, we argue that the policies of the international community are, perhaps inadvertently, promoting a return to pre-war conditions.

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