From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process
Publication date: 
2004
Accord issue: 
15
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What can we learn about peacebuilding from Angola: a country whose ‘peace’ was the result of the government’s military victory; a country with an ongoing secessionist conflict? Issue editor Guus Meijer insists that lessons must be learnt from successes and failures to help Angolans construct a lasting peace and a strong democracy. In highlighting the publication’s key arguments, he questions assumptions around the efficacy of ‘one-bullet solutions’ (i.e. the killing of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi); he outlines the historical obstacles and challenges for plural democracy and an inclusive peace presented by the nature of national liberation movements; and he argues that the mineral resources that sustained the conflict could become resources for peace.