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ECOWAS and West Africa's Future: Problems or possibilities?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Political Science.
2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

West Africa is a region characterized by problems and possibilities. Protracted civil wars, coup d’etats, the majority of the population living in poverty, extensive supplies of natural resources, post-conflict reconstruction and attempts to achieve regional cooperation are all parts of West Africa’s past and current situation. The region is also of importance for global actors such as China, US and the EU in their need to secure present and future supplies of strategically important natural resources. These, and other, circumstances can be assumed to influence future developments in the region. The main purpose of the study presented in the paper is to map out historic and current developments within the ECOWAS cooperation framework in order to discuss potential longterm developments. Possible future developments in West Africa can be divided into three alternative scenarios: a catastrophe scenario, a business as usual scenario and a best case scenario. Pros and cons of each alternative are presented and evaluated in the paper.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Statsvetenskap , 2008. , 30 p.
Umeå Working Papers in Political Science, ISSN 1654-238X ; 3
Keyword [en]
ECOWAS, regional security regimes and complexes, energy security, strategically important natural resources, economic development
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1605OAI: diva2:141533
Available from: 2008-04-04 Created: 2008-04-04Bibliographically approved

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