The Palgrave Handbook of Peacebuilding in Africa

  • Tony Karbo
  • Kudrat Virk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. The Theory and Practice of Pax Africana

  3. Conflict Prevention and Peacemaking

  4. The Practice of Peacekeeping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. James O. C. Jonah
      Pages 155-176
    3. Ibrahim A. Gambari
      Pages 195-208
  5. Themes in Peacekeeping

  6. Peacebuilding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Antonia Porter
      Pages 317-337
  7. The Role of External Actors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. Douglas A. Yates
      Pages 391-408
    3. Kudrat Virk
      Pages 429-453
    4. Tony Karbo
      Pages 455-465
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 467-498

About this book


This handbook offers a critical assessment of the African agenda for conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding; the challenges and opportunities facing Africa’s regional organisations in their efforts towards building sustainable peace on the continent; and the role of external actors, including the United Nations, Britain, France, and South Asian troop-contributing countries. In so doing, it revisits the late Ali Mazrui’s concept of Pax Africana, calling on Africans to take responsibility for peace and security on their own continent. The creation of the African Union, in 2002, was an important step towards realising this ambition, and has led to the development of a new continental architecture for more robust conflict management. But, as the volume’s authors show, the quest for Pax Africana faces challenges. Combining thematic analyses and case studies, this book will be of interest to both scholars and policymakers working on peace, security, and governance issues in Africa. 

Tony Karbo was Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa.

Kudrat Virk is Acting Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town.


conflict prevention peacemaking peacekeeping peacebuilding African Union Economic Community of West African States Intergovernmental Authority on Development Economic Community of Central African States Arab Maghreb Union Ali Mazrui Organisation of African Unity African Peace and Security Architecture

Editors and affiliations

  • Tony Karbo
    • 1
  • Kudrat Virk
    • 2
  1. 1.N’Zarama Centre for PeacebuildingAbidjanCôte d'Ivoire
  2. 2.Centre for Conflict ResolutionCape TownSouth Africa

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