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President Ramaphosa condemns developments in Mali

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African Union (AU) Chair and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the unconstitutional change of government in Mali. The AU Chair learnt with concern of developments...

ISS: Stability needed for CAR’s upcoming elections

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In the run-up to the Central African Republic’s (CAR) 27 December 2020 elections, political manoeuvrings have started within both government and the opposition. Former...

ISS: The African Union needs to broaden its role in Somalia

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Conflict resolution, political dialogue and electoral support are as important as the current focus on security. Somalia’s historic one-person-one vote election, scheduled for late 2020,...

ISS: Does the Sahel really need more AU troops?

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Last year saw a significant resurgence of extremist violence in the Sahel, especially in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, where the United Nations (UN) recorded over...

ISS: Can SADC come to Mozambique’s rescue?

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Mozambique is under attack from violent extremists, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) doesn’t seem to have a clear plan on how to...

ISS: Hard times ahead for the African Union in The Gambia

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Launched in 2018 amid optimism that it would help stabilise The Gambia, the African Union’s (AU) mission to the country faces challenging months ahead....

ISS: Will the AU Peace and Security Council do better in...

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The African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) responded to several conflicts in 2019, including in Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Libya and the...

ISS: Can the AU and UN find common ground on Sudan?

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Recent developments around Sudan’s transfer of political power show why a more strategic partnership between the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN),...

ISS: Beyond politics – options for an AU-UN partnership that delivers

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The human security benefits of collaboration between the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) are clear. With the formidable resources and political clout...

ISS: Will The Gambia be a turning point for AU peace...

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Despite having policy on post-conflict reconstruction and development since 2006, the African Union (AU) has long struggled to turn this into a practical and...

ISS: Repositioning the AU’s role in countering terror

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Early in March, senior African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) officials gathered in Mogadishu to review the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This...

Interpol boss briefs AU peace and security council

Interpol secretary-general Jurgen Stock briefed the African Union (AU) peace and security council on what the international police body is doing to combat transnational...

SA to take over from Egypt as AU chair

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South Africa has been elected as chair of the African Union for the year 2020 at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of...

Chinese support for AU peace and security totals $180 million

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China, it was revealed last week, has been “an exemplary partner” to the African Union (AU) providing $180 million worth of funding to the...

AU calls on DR Congo to suspend election result announcement

The African Union called on Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend release of final results of its disputed presidential election due to doubts...

African Union force denies it was involved in arrest of ex-al...

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African Union peacekeepers did not help in the arrest of a former al Shabaab leader that led to clashes in which 11 people were...

AMISOM finds its voice

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) sometimes has struggled to get its message out. The mission had several false starts in trying to...

AU commended by UN for institutional reforms

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United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres commended the African Union (AU), a UN peace partner, and its leadership for progress achieved in institutional...

ISS: AU limits its role in Western Sahara crisis

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The African Union (AU) will be limiting its peace efforts in the Western Sahara in order to support the United Nations' (UN)...

African peacekeeping under the spotlight

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The intricacies and politics of peacekeeping came under the spotlight today at the fourth annual Peacekeeping and Logistics Africa conference in Pretoria. It...

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