No Time for a Peacekeeper Exit in Liberia

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) began its mandate in one of the most fragile countries on the planet on October 1, 2003. A decade of intermittent civil war had caused Liberia’s gross domestic product to plummet by two-thirds, killed up to 500,000 people, and displaced half of the country’s pre-war population. With UNMIL as its primary guarantor of security, Liberia’s economy recovered, and elections in 2005, 2011, and 2014 were held peacefully. The national population has doubled, meaning Liberia has an entire generation of youth who have little recollection of the country’s troubled past. This article tries to investigate on reasons why UN would put this progress at risk.

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