April 19, 2021
By Desmond Davies
Republished from Ghana News Agency
Ghana is among a few countries in Africa that are “relative oases of peace despite internal vulnerabilities and external pressure”, according to Youssef Mahmoud who served as head of two United Nations peace operations in central Africa.
In 2007, Mr Mahmoud, a Tunisian who joined the UN in 1981as a linguist, was appointed by the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to head the UN Integrated Office in Burundi.
Three years later, Ban Ki Moon, who had by then become UN Secretary General, asked Mr Mahmoud to lead the UN Integrated Peacekeeping Mission for Central Africa and Chad.
He has recorded his experiences in a book, Whose Peace Are We Building? that was launched virtually over the weekend.
In the book, he wrote: “…the binary relationship ascribed to conflict and peace means that stable societies with no violent conflict are excluded from the study of peace, when, in fact, they are the case studies most likely to unveil the factors associated with peace.