What are the important areas of divergence and convergence in the approaches to African conflict resolution and peace building between the North and Africa? This paper discusses several methodological issues in conflict resolution approaches in Africa, highlighting the divergences in the Western and African perspectives. It critically analyzes the existing conflict prevention/management framework in Africa and elaborate on the debate around humanitarian interventions in African conflicts. It then utilizes Libya and Cote d’Ivoire as case studies for two recent experiences and lessons that could serve for future crisis response.

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