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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...

Botswana component of SADC Standby Force ready for peace support ops

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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) hosted an inspection from a Southern African Development Community (SADC) specialist team to check on readiness for African Standby...

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...

ISS: Zuma tries to revive ACIRC, but will it work?

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Last week, South African President Jacob Zuma attended a summit meeting in Addis Ababa with those leaders who volunteered to be part...

Angola takes over head of ACIRC

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Angola has taken over the chair of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC), and concluded the Utulivu Africa II...

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...

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SANDF missing the communication target

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on a number of occasions said words to the effect South Africans have to decide what...