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al Shabaab Somalia attack branded cowardly

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“Barbaric” and “cowardly” is the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) response to an al Shabaab attack on a transition mission in...

ISS: Is the AU mission in Somalia changing in name only?

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has supported that country’s government in the fight against al-Shabaab for the past 15 years. The operation...

ISS: Could joint AU-UN mediation break Sudan’s stalemate?

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Mediation in Sudan’s broken political transition is yet to bring stability to the country. Attempts by the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU)...

ISS: Will Africa see more decisive action from a new PSC?

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Fifteen countries were elected to the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) at the continental body’s recent summit in Addis Ababa. The...

Emerging threats in Africa under the spotlight

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A European Union (EU)/ African Union (AU) joint Africa peace and security architecture summit heard both face growing common security challenges including instability, radicalisation...

UN ready to implement recovery engines in Africa

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres elaborated on “four engines of recovery”, including peace when he addressed the African Union (AU) Heads of State...

African Union opens post-conflict centre to help countries escape cycle of...

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To improve the political stability of African nations, the African Union recently launched its Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD). The new agency is...

ISS: The AU must face up to Africa’s governance-conflict links

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A review of the issues covered in 2021 by the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) predictably shows positives and negatives for...

ISS: Will 2022 see an end to AU Peace Fund delays?

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Considering the impact of conflict on the continent and the African Union’s (AU) role in managing these crises, the Peace Fund is arguably one...

Solidarity and unity key to the advancement of peace and security

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Peace and stability will remain elusive if African countries do not stand in unison and address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively. These were...

What does AMISOM’s future look like?

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The African Union has had a regional peacekeeping mission in Somalia for nearly as long as the country has been plagued by an Islamist...

ISS: After 15 years, the AU should revamp its peacebuilding approach

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Capacity, funding and innovation could improve the African Union’s record on post-conflict reconstruction and development. The African Union’s (AU) efforts to rebuild societies divided and...

Calls for ceasefire in Ethiopia grow amid deepening conflict

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African and Western nations called for an immediate ceasefire in Ethiopia on Thursday after Tigrayan forces from the country's North said they made advances...

ISS: Can coups be removed from Guinea’s political culture?

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The transition process should focus on building strong, accountable institutions rather than just a government of national unity. On 5 September, Guineans woke up to...

ISS: Cameroon alone can’t stop illicit arms flooding into the country

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In the face of a separatist conflict and violent extremism, Cameroon must secure help from neighbouring Nigeria and Chad. The proliferation of illegal arms in...

ISS: Top-level talks were needed before troops marched into Mozambique

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Rwanda and SADC took the high road, but should they have invited the African Union on the journey? In early August, citizens of Mozambican towns...

African Union peace force in Somalia probes reports of civilian deaths

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The African Union's (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia said it was investigating reports that civilians were killed during a gunfight between the mission's troops...

AU’s peacekeeping force in Somalia says investigating civilian deaths

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The African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia said it had started investigating reports that civilians were killed during a gunfight between its troops and...

ISS: The African Union’s peace and security dilemma

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With some member states’ commitment to shared values at an all-time low, can the AU manage and prevent conflict? Several incidents highlight the challenges facing...

ISS: Divisions over peace operations could be the UN–AU partnership’s undoing

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Once a mainstay of good relations, these differences will test the limits of cooperation between the two multilateral bodies. The United Nations (UN) and African...

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