Much of the ﬁghting in Liberia is done by armed youths who have become accustomed to a life of conﬂict, banditry and lawlessness. This poses new risks of a vicious cycle of violence in the sub-region according to a report by a UN panel of experts on Liberia.
French forces are involved in peacekeeping in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire following the outbreak of conﬂict last September. They appear to have helped stabilise the situation although large areas of the country remain under rebel control. Britain likewise intervened in Sierra Leone in support of UN efforts and peaceful multi-party elections late last year, marking a new post-conﬂict start.
Liberia stands alone. Created by American freed slaves, the country has always looked to the US for assistance. Currently Washington seems to have little appetite to engage in a similar way to what has happened in the two neighbours.