Child Soldiers, Adult Interests: The Global Dimensions of the Sierra Leonean Tragedy

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Nova Publishers, 2005 - 308 pages
This book weaves a narrative of the history of Sierra Leone, from its foundation as a settlement for black slaves who fought for the British Crown during the American Revolution through the events of the civil war, with a discussion of more general geopolitical lessons to be learned from the recent conflict, its origins, and settlement. In addition, the book contains six appendices that render the present work -- the first comprehensive history of Sierra Leone since the classic studies published more than a generation ago by Christopher Fyfe and John Peterson -- an invaluable reference on conflict resolution in general as well as the West African country in particular, including a chronology of select events in the history of Sierra Leone and the texts of the peace agreements and other post-conflict documents.
 

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Contents

The Road to the Future Runs Through the Past
1
Drift Decline and the Establishment of a Patrimonial State
29
Diamonds Arent Forever Are They?
63
The Coming of the Terror
77
Child Soldiers Hunters and Mercenaries The Widening Conflagration
97
The Perils of Peacekeeping and Peacemaking
127
Dealing with the Aftermath The Quest for Justice
153
The Global Dimensions of an African Civil Conflict
175
The Abidjan Peace Agreement 1996
213
The Lomé Peace Agreement 1999
223
Agreement Between the United Nations and the Government of Sierra Leone on the Establishment of a Special Court for Sierra Leone 2002
249
The Statute of the Special Court for Sierra Leone 2002
259
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Act 2000
271
Select Bibliography
283
Index
299
Copyright

Chronology of Select Events in the History of Sierra Leone
203

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