This article examines the peacekeeping experience of the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS). It traces the entire evolution of the union in peacekeeping – from the first missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone to the operation in the Gambia. The advantages and disadvantages of the ECOWAS security mechanism, established in 1999, the principles of its peacekeeping activities and the experience of carrying out operations are analyzed. A comprehensive assessment of ECOWAS as a provider of peacekeeping assistance in Africa is given, taking into account the remaining problem areas and objective achievements of the organization in the conflict settlement.
ECOWAS, peacekeeping, armed conflicts, Africa, West Africa, UN Security Council
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