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Title:The security culture of the ECOWAS: origins, development and the challenge of child trafficking
Author:Jaye, ThomasISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:West Africa
human trafficking
regional security
Abstract:This article explores the relationship between the security culture of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and how it has responded to transnational challenges in West Africa. To do so, it provides an overview of how the ideas, norms and principles that constitute the embryonic security culture of ECOWAS have evolved historically. Against this backdrop the article focuses on how the regional organization has dealt with a specific contemporary security challenge: child trafficking. The concluding part of the article seeks to explain ECOWAS's collective action on child trafficking with reference to the region's different threat perceptions and security priorities. This article argues that although the decisions and policies of ECOWAS on child trafficking are influenced by certain shared ideas, norms and principles, a breakdown of collective political will and continuing differences on the key security referents and appropriate approaches to the security of individuals have led ECOWAS member-States to fail in effectively addressing this particular transnational security challenge. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]