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Collective Insecurity

The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism, and Global Order

This book provides both a superb analysis of the historical dysfunction of the post-colonial African state generally and, more specifically, a probing critique of the crisis that resulted in the tragic collapse of Liberia. Ikechi Mgbeoji ultimately shows that blame for this endless cycle of violence must be laid at the feet of both the Western powers and African states themselves. He further posits that a reconstructed regime of African statehood, legitimate governance, and reform of the United Nations Security Council are imperatives for the creation of a stable African polity. 

200 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents


1 The Myth of African Statehood

2 Collective Security and the Liberian Conflict

3 The Liberian Conflict and the International Law on Foreign Intervention in Domestic Conflicts

4 The UN Charter and the Ratification of the ECOWAS Action by the Security Council: Implications for Global Security

5 Reconfiguring Collective Security in Africa





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