International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Retrospective Examination of Post-Cold War Conflicts in Africa: Ended, Abated and Prolonged Conflicts
Dr. Lysias Dodd Gilbert

The collapse of the Cold War in 1991 did not usher in the eradication of global conflicts. Instead, a new pattern of conflicts emerged globally in the post-Cold War period after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Africa for example, conflicts unprecedentedly increased throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, affecting and severely impacting on several countries in the continent. This study based on data from secondary sources retrospectively examines the various post-Cold War internal, regional and internationalized conflicts in Africa. It further highlights the conflicts that have ended, those that have greatly de-escalated and some that have witnessed undue prolongation. Finally, the article extrapolates the possible reasons for the continuation of post-Cold War conflicts in Africa till date.

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