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Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in West Africa

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Adedeji Ebo and Boubacar N?Diaye

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Abstract

This book seeks to explore specific challenges as well as discernible opportunities for parliamentary oversight of the security sector in West Africa. It provides an overview of the performance of selected West African parliaments in the area of security sector oversight, based on a compilation of country studies from Benin, Cape Verde, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

Two main criteria informed the selection of countries covered in this volume: the different political contexts in West Africa (fragile, post-conflict and consolidating states) and the diverse colonial influences of Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone countries in the sub-region. The book also takes the sub-regional dimension of the issue into account by analysing the growing role played by the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in security sector governance.

While identifying good practices in parliamentary oversight of the security sector, this book provides parliamentarians, policy makers and other practitioners with a number of solutions for improving the quality of parliamentary oversight of the security sector in West Africa. It is also available in French.

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Contents

List of Boxes

List of Tables

List of Acronyms

Foreword

PART I
Conceptual Issues

Chapter 1
Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in West Africa: Addressing Democratic Governance Deficits
Adedeji Ebo

Chapter 2
Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in the Euro-Atlantic Area: Trends and Lessons
Teodora Fuior and Hans Born

PART II
Case Studies

Chapter 3
ECOWAS
Jens Hettman and Fatima Kyari Mohammed

Chapter 4
Benin
Christophe C. Kougniazonde

Chapter 5
Republic of Cape Verde
Carlos Nunes Fernandes dos Reis

Chapter 6
Ghana
Kwesi Aning

Chapter 7
Liberia
Thomas Jaye and Adedeji Ebo

Chapter 8
Mali
Boubacar N’Diaye

Chapter 9
Nigeria
Kabiru Garba

Chapter 10
Senegal
Boubacar N’Diaye

Chapter 11
Sierra Leone
Osman Gbla

PART III
Conclusions

Chapter 12
Towards a ‘Culture of Oversight’ of the Security Sector in West Africa
Boubacar N’Diaye

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