Reviewed by Mwalimu George Ngwane (Originally published in Conflict Trends Magazine, Issue 2; August 2008).
Khadiagala, Gilbert M. 2007. Meddlers or mediators?: African interveners in civil conflicts in Eastern Africa. International negotiation series, v. 4. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff. 274 pages.
In eight chapters, 274 pages and five case studies Gilbert M. Khadiagala’s graphically detailed and well researched book sheds light on the vagary of conflict mediation through citizen-led (elder statesmen), state-centric and regionally – driven initiatives. At first reading the book concentrates on cases studies of civil wars within the Eastern region of Africa but beyond this, lies a profile portrait of those involved or intend to be involved in the complex and cumbersome search for peace in a conflict – prone Africa.