Critical Lessons in Post-Conflict Security in Africa: The Case of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

"This paper reviews the causes of the conflict, the political settlement that was eventually arrived at in order to bring the conflict to an end as well as the nature of the major transitional justice mechanism that was implemented along with its implications for sustainable peace in Liberia. Because of prolonged instability in Liberia, this study is important in determining how transitional justice has contributed to developing and sustaining a security architecture for the country, that will ensure lasting peace and stability. More importantly, as the subregion and the continent grapple with violence and insecurity, the discourse on appropriate and effective justice and security architectures becomes very important. While there are interesting experiences across the continent, different approaches have prevailed. The experience of Liberia presents important comparative knowledge that could contribute to this quest for effective justice and security mechanisms."