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Sanctions and Humanitarian Concerns: Ireland and Angola, 2001-2

Rob Kevlihan
Irish Studies in International Affairs
Vol. 14 (2003), pp. 95-106
Published by: Royal Irish Academy
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30001966
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Angola is a country that has been racked by conflict for the last 40 years. The impact of the conflict on the people of Angola has been devastating. Angola's postindependence conflict has been marked by prolonged involvement of the international community, both during the Cold War and in the post-Cold War era. This paper analyses Ireland's political and humanitarian involvement with Angola in 2001-2. During this period Ireland was chair of the Angola Sanctions Committee (Against UNITA), a role it was assigned as a member of the UN Security Council. This paper examines Ireland's role as chair, as well as Ireland's broader political approach to Angola. The paper concludes that while Ireland did a 'solid job' in chairing the committee, the country failed to develop a more holistic and coherent foreign-policy stance towards the humanitarian crisis in Angola. Thus, Ireland missed an important opportunity to highlight (and possibly mitigate) some of the root causes of the humanitarian crisis, including forced displacement by Angolan government forces.

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