Kieh, Jr., George Klay
March 2009
International Journal on World Peace;Mar2009, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p7
Academic Journal
What were the causes of the second Liberian civil war (1999-2003)? The contingent causes consisted of the failure of the post-first civil war transitional processes such as disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and re-integration, security sector reform. In short, the post-first civil war peace-building project was a dismal failure. The proximate causes included the use of ethnic scapegoating by the Taylor government, the regime's abuses of human rights, and its failure to tackle the chronic social and economic problems. Against this background, the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) launched armed attacks initially against the northwestern regions of Liberia on April 21, 1999. As expected, the Taylor regime launched counter-attacks against the insurgents, thereby setting into motion the second Liberian civil war.


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