This International Crisis Group (ICG) report, the third and final in a series analysing the regional dimension of insecurity in Africa and collective and individual state responses, presents the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)’s current institutional apparatus in the field of peace and security, and analyses its responses and deficiencies through three case studies: Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Burkina Faso. It is part of a broader reflection on the changing nature of conflict and growing transnational threats, problems requiring novel solutions which regional bodies are well placed to find. This report considers what institutional reforms need to be undertaken to improve ECOWAS’s collective action in the face of formidable challenges to peace and security in West Africa.
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This report also exists in French.