Political Theory

State intervention and the labyrinth of communal conflict in Ghana: How Kwame Nkrumah missed the opportunity to address the Bawku conflict

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Most scholarly accounts assert that governments’ conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts fail to address the root causes, prolong, or worsen the conflict situation. This supposed failure arises mainly because state actors pursue strategic interests in the peace processes, which provokes adversarial inter-and intra-group relations, especially in Africa where communal conflicts remain a great threat to economies and security. Nonetheless, the discussions fail to adequately investigate the details of state interventions and how they affect the potential for peace in some notorious conflict-affected areas. This paper examines how the Opoku-Afari Committee Report, the government of Ghana’s first official response to the Bawku conflict in 1957, protracts and further complicates the conflict. findings further the existing knowledge on the conflict by drawing out specifics of the state failure which are usually obscured in the literature.

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