Interrogating the “Liberal Peace” paradigm and “fragile” security regimes in Africa


  • Babatunde Tolu Afolabi The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD)



Liberal Peace, Peacebuilding, Hegemony, Civil wars in Africa


Ian Taylor, my PhD co-supervisor, influenced my interrogation of peacebuilding theories and paradigms in many ways. Apart from his lifelong dedication to critical studies and political economy, Ian worked hard to deconstruct the “Liberal Peace” paradigm in some of his writings. During my doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews, Ian and I debated different peace paradigms in terms of their utility, deficiencies and opportunities, especially for post-conflict and so-called “fragile” African states. These discussions influenced my thoughts and lived experiences as a scholar/practitioner. It is, therefore, with a high sense of appreciation for Ian’s influential works interrogating peacebuilding paradigms that I write to honour his memory in this special issue of Contemporary Voices.

Author Biography

Babatunde Tolu Afolabi, The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD)

Dr Babatunde Afolabi is the Regional Director for Anglophone and Lusophone Africa at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD). He was previously Head of Section at the Directorate of Political Affairs of the Economic Community of West African States Commission (ECOWAS). His book, Politics of peacemaking in Africa: non-state actors’ role in the Liberian civil war, was published by James Currey, Oxford in 2017. He was Ian Taylor’s co-supervisee from 2011–2015 at the School of International Relations of the University of St Andrews.