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ISS: Can the African Standby Force match up to current security...

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In April, seven East African Community countries agreed to establish a regional military force to restore stability in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...

ISS: Counter-terrorism in Africa must adapt to new realities

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As the terror threat grows and spreads, could a special unit in the African Standby Force help? Africa experienced 1 168 terrorist attacks from January to August...

ISS: Streamlining the AU’s rapid response capabilities

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Over the last five years, there has been a great deal of debate about the African Union’s (AU) ability to rapidly deploy a combat...

ISS: Is the African Standby Force any closer to being deployed?

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The African Union (AU)-directed African Standby Force (ASF) has not been deployed since its establishment in 2003. This is despite the AU's...

The African Peace and Security Architecture – a system for the...

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The African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared to have reached full operational capability (FOC), in four out the five African regions....

How the African Standby Force can deal with disasters

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Africa has for years been working toward creating a force that could respond quickly to security crises anywhere on the continent. Known...

ACIRC and ASF needs voluntary troop, materiel and financial support to...

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Two high level African Union meetings this year in the wake of last November's Amani Africa exercise have called for support in...

Angola to host ACIRC exercise

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Angola will later this month host the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) command post exercise Utulivu Africa II. AngolaPress quoted...

Getting there is half the battle

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The African Union was created in 2001 with great hope, but also a heavy burden of responsibility. Member states were still reeling...

ISS: What next for the African Standby Force?

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The readiness of the African Union's (AU's) African Standby Force (ASF) was put to the test during a major field exercise over...

Gallery: Exercise Amani Africa II closing ceremony

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The closing ceremony for Exercise Amani Africa II was held on 8 November at the Lohatla Combat Training Centre in the Northern...

Gallery: Exercise Amani Africa II closing ceremony

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The closing ceremony for Exercise Amani Africa II was held on 8 November at the Lohatla Combat Training Centre in the Northern...

Ceremonial end to Amani Africa II

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Following its one and only field training exercise, the rapid deployment capability of the African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared ready...

ISS: African Standby Force: how the AU can get it right

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Last week, as part of the Amani Africa II field exercise, the African Standby Force (ASF) has been testing its Rapid Deployment...

Amani Africa convoys will move across South Africa this week

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A number of roads in South Africa will this week carry reasonably heavy volumes of military traffic as armed forces from neighbouring...

ASF conference raises questions on ACIRC

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The 2015 conference on the African Standby Force (ASF): Beyond 2015 stems from a co-operation MoU between the Faculty of the Royal...

Amani Africa deployments to start arriving in SA next week

In just over a week South Africans, particularly those near some landward ports of entry, will have visual proof something major on...

ISS: The African Standby Force beyond 2015 – ideals versus realities

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, has a difficult problem to resolve. By January 2016, she will be expected...

ISS: Standing by or standing up – is the African Standby...

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The African Union (AU) – and especially South Africa – regards the AU's nascent African Standby Force (ASF) as a means to...

ACIRC has International Relations and Co-operation Minister’s support

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South Africa's foreign relations supremo this week pledged the country's continued support for the nascent African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises...

Rapid Response an elusive political project?

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Preceding last month's 25th African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg a meeting of the AU Specialised Technical Committee on Defence, Safety and...

South African Cabinet welcomes ASF

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Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, has welcomed an AU Summit resolution on behalf of Cabinet to establish "a united and functioning...

AU pushes ahead with African Standby Force

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The African Union (AU) believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders...

AU stand-by force needs $1 billion to become operational

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The African Union says at least $1 billion is needed to finance the establishment and operationalisation of the continental stand-by force. The African...

Amani Africa assessment mission starts on Monday

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Another step on the road to making the African Union's African Standby Force (ASF) and its rapid deployment capability reality by year-end...

South Africa to host ASF field training exercise this year

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South Africa will, at some time this year, host the Amani Africa ll field training exercise as part of making the AU...

ISS: Who will foot the bill for Africa’s new intervention force?

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The next time a major crisis that needs swift military action breaks out anywhere in Africa, an African force will be on...

African Union says progressing to military force by end-2015

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Africa is making progress towards a regional military force by the end of next year, a senior African Union official said on...

Zuma urges African Standby Force to become operational

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South African President Jacob Zuma has called on the African Union (AU) to "activate requisite measures", including speedy operationalisation of the African...

African Standby Force field exercise in Lesotho this October

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A field training exercise (FTX) set for Lesotho this October marks another step towards realisation of the African Union's (AU) African Standby...

AU crisis reaction force an interim tool ahead of African Standby...

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The African Union's (AU) response to and capabilities for intervening in conflict and crisis situations on the continent received attention at its...

ISS: Africa can solve its own problems with proper planning and...

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How much longer will the African Standby Force (ASF) simply continue to ‘stand by' while France and others deal with Africa's crises?...

Proper planning and full implementation of the African Standby Force is...

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How much longer will the African Standby Force (ASF) simply continue to ‘stand by' while France and others deal with Africa's crises?...

France agrees to help African nations set up military force

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France agreed on Friday to help African nations create a joint military force to tackle coups, wars and rebellions on the continent,...