Economics at your fingertips  

Conflict mediation in decolonisation: Namibia's transition to independence

Henning Melber and Christopher Saunders

Africa Spectrum, 2007, vol. 42, issue 1, 73-94

Abstract: A long conflict in Namibia was resolved successfully by a mediation process that enabled a de facto colony to become a sovereign state via an internationally supervised election. This article reconsiders the relationship between conflict mediation and decolonisation in this particular case, which, while in many ways sui generis, nevertheless permits us to extract some general lessons. We show how case confidence-building measures were applied, how mediating agencies used different pressures, and how important it was that all the parties to the conflict 'owned' the process.

Date: 2007
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed

There are no downloads for this item, see the EconPapers FAQ for hints about obtaining it.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in Africa Spectrum from Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Andreas Mehler ().

Page updated 2017-09-29
Handle: RePEc:gig:afjour:v:42:y:2007:i:1:p:73-94