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UN funds for AU peace operations: Somalia as a test case

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Last December, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously agreed to consider case-by-case requests from the African Union (AU) for UN funding for peacekeeping...

African Standby Force turns 20: has it helped keep the peace?...

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It’s been 20 years since the African Standby Force was established by the African Union (AU). The standby force is mandated to implement the...

AU PSC marks 20 years

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May, specifically the 25th, is auspicious for the African Union (AU) as it is marking the establishment 20 years ago of its Peace and...

The African Union is working on peace in Sudan: expert explains...

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The African Union has recently named a team to work on a peaceful end to Sudan’s civil war. The team will engage Sudan’s feuding...

Inconsistencies are costing the AU Mission in Somalia

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In September, a call was made for a technical pause to the African troop drawdown from Somalia, following the initial withdrawal of 2 000...

Why aren’t sanctions preventing coups in Africa?

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In response to the resurgence of coups since 2019, the African Union (AU) and regional economic blocs have issued sanctions against errant states, predominantly...

Decisive action lacking at UN-AU security consultations

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Africa’s stability is inextricably linked to international peace and security. For that reason, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the United...

Niger: another symptom of Africa’s weak crisis-response capacity

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Last month’s coup in Niger once again revealed Africa’s crisis of multilateralism. Political and security developments in Niger and other African countries confirm the...

ISS: Why aren’t more African Union decisions on security implemented?

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Africa is contending with growing threats of violent extremism, entrenched localised conflicts that intersect with organised crime, coups and democratic backsliding. The African Union...

African-led peace operations: A crucial tool for peace and security

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African-led peace operations have been vital tools for managing Africa’s complex array of security challenges, though continued reform is needed to intervene more decisively...

ISS: Africa’s Ukraine-Russia mediation needed a clearer AU footprint

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Food, fertiliser and fuel are among the reasons Africa needs the Russia-Ukraine war to end quickly. With Africa becoming an arena for geopolitical competition,...

ISS: Sudan needs African Union boots on the ground

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While international and regional responses to the crisis in Sudan have been swift, they haven’t stopped the violence perpetrated against civilians. Slow, ineffective talks...

ISS: Could UN funding for AU peace missions become the norm?

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The African Union (AU) and its regional economic communities have deployed about 27 peace support operations in Africa since the 2000s. These missions have...

Ramaphosa on continental conflicts and instability

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa used this week’s edition of his newsletter to tell citizens the country is chairing the African Union (AU) Peace...

AU Ethiopia/Tigray peace committee meets for first time

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Just over a month after hostilities ceased in Ethiopia’s Tigray province, an African Union (AU) joint committee overseeing agreement for lasting peace in  the...

ISS: Africa’s approach to countering terrorism still misses the mark

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At the end of October 2022, the Somali capital Mogadishu suffered another suicide bomb attack, which killed 121 people and injured more than 300....

ATMIS military strength two thousand more than MONUSCO

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An indication of the importance attached to the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia comes in troop numbers currently standing at 18 586 which...

High level AU retreat underway in Namibia

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The Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) of the African Union Commission (AUC) is currently hosting its 13th “high level retreat” on...

Tigray war: two years on, the AU has failed to broker...

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The African Union pledged in 2016 to “silence the guns” by the end of 2020, an ambitious agenda of ending armed conflicts on the...

ISS: The AU prepares to wield the stick with more rigorous...

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The African Union (AU) decided in May this year to activate its Peace and Security Council (PSC) sanctions committee. Although established in 2009, the...

ISS: Africa’s security depends on action – not just commitment

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The African Union’s (AU) 16th extraordinary summit on 28 May sought solutions to the threats of terrorism and unconstitutional changes of government (UCGs) in...

ASF to take on continental anti-piracy tasking

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The African Union (AU) go-to when armed reaction is needed to stop insurrection, conflict or other violence on the continent will also be part...

The African Union’s conflict early warning system is no more. What...

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Since 2017, the African Union (AU) has undergone institutional reforms to increase its efficiency and effectiveness. The gist of these reforms was proposed by...

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...

ISS: Will this week’s AU mission to CAR deliver a change...

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More regional attention is welcome, but a four-day visit is unlikely to produce more than a show of commitment. The ongoing conflict in the Central...

ISS: Pan-African Parliament’s woes reflect a crisis in leadership

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The PAP can only be saved if MPs truly represent African citizens and the AU gives the body power. Chaotic scenes at the Pan-African Parliament...

African Union suspends Mali after military coup and threatens sanctions

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The African Union has suspended Mali's membership in response to last week's military coup and threatened sanctions if a civilian-led government is not restored,...

ISS: AU balancing act on Chad’s coup sets a disturbing precedent

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The compromise decision is unlikely to benefit Chad’s citizens or the credibility of the African Union. Disagreement among African states on responding to the coup...

African Union urges civilians and soldiers to share power in Chad

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The African Union on Thursday called for civilian and military leaders in Chad to share power until elections can be organised following the death...

African Union mission urges return to ‘constitutional order’ in Chad

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An African Union mission recommended on Wednesday that Chad's military share power with a civilian president, as one of three options towards restoring constitutional...

Kenya-Somalia dispute threatens an embattled Horn of Africa

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Joint IGAD–AU action is urgently needed to avoid further destabilisation of a region already wracked by violence. Relations between Kenya and Somalia have been strained...