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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...

ISS: Africa can learn maritime lessons from its small island states

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The African Union and African states should recognise the achievements of organisations like the Indian Ocean Commission. On 24 January, the French frigate Nivôse seized 444 kg of...

US presses Ethiopia to end Tigray violence, protect civilians

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday pressed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to end hostilities in the northern Tigray region, citing a...

US calls on African Union to exert pressure over worsening crisis...

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in...

ISS: EU peace and security funds can now bypass the African...

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Brussels can in future directly finance regional and national military initiatives rather than funnelling money through the AU. The European Union (EU) will this year...

Speech: Naledi Pandor on South Africa’s tenure in the UNSC and...

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Address by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the Chatham House London Virtual Engagement, 20 January 2020. Head...

Camera hack at AU headquarters

When diplomats gathered at African Union headquarters earlier this year to prepare for its annual leaders’ summit, employees made a disturbing discovery. Someone was stealing...

Ramaphosa on silencing the guns

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At the weekend the African Union (AU) held an extraordinary summit on its silencing the guns initiative which ended with a 10 year extension...

Capacitate institutions to silence the guns, urges AU

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In an effort to silence the guns on the continent,  African Union Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa has underscored the need to capacitate institutions that...

Ethiopia names new Tigray head as conflict boils

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Ethiopia sought to tighten its grip on the rebellious Tigray region on Friday by appointing a new local leader during a military offensive that...

ISS: What causes Africa’s coups? That is the question

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The near unanimous condemnation of the mutiny in Mali followed by the forced resignation of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta questions the consensus around unconstitutional...

ISS: Mali’s military takeover puts popular protests in the spotlight

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President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta announced his resignation on Mali’s national television on Tuesday night, 18 August. Earlier that day he was detained by the...

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