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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...

ISS: Can the African Standby Force match up to current security...

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In April, seven East African Community countries agreed to establish a regional military force to restore stability in the eastern Democratic Republic of the...

African regional standby brigades urged to speed up operationalisation

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The growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism in Africa are reasons for African countries to speed up full operational capability (FOC) efforts for...

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...

Gallery: Exercise Amani Africa II closing ceremony

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The closing ceremony for Exercise Amani Africa II was held on 8 November at the Lohatla Combat Training Centre in the Northern...

Gallery: Exercise Amani Africa II closing ceremony

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The closing ceremony for Exercise Amani Africa II was held on 8 November at the Lohatla Combat Training Centre in the Northern...

Ceremonial end to Amani Africa II

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Following its one and only field training exercise, the rapid deployment capability of the African Standby Force (ASF) has been declared ready...

ISS: African Standby Force: how the AU can get it right

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Last week, as part of the Amani Africa II field exercise, the African Standby Force (ASF) has been testing its Rapid Deployment...

Africa puts security hopes in foreign-funded, home-grown strike force

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Backed by tanks, armoured vehicles and plenty of EU cash, thousands of African soldiers took on an imaginary enemy in the arid...

Amani Africa field training exercise will be split into two phases

The SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) is in the final preparation stage to hosting a multi-country force field training exercise that...

ISS: The African Standby Force beyond 2015 – ideals versus realities

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, has a difficult problem to resolve. By January 2016, she will be expected...

SANDF needs to get involved in peacekeeping in Africa – SA...

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The importance the South African military places on peacekeeping in Africa and having a stable and prosperous continent can be seen in...

SADC counter-terrorism strategy in place

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has developed a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, the outgoing head of the body's organ on politics, defence...

ISS: Standing by or standing up – is the African Standby...

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The African Union (AU) – and especially South Africa – regards the AU's nascent African Standby Force (ASF) as a means to...

Amani Africa 11 field training exercise will lead to ASF operationalisation

When troops from all over Africa move into position for the opening gambits of the field training exercise marking the end of...

AU pushes ahead with African Standby Force

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The African Union (AU) believes Africa will have a united and functioning single military by the end of this year as leaders...

South Africa to host ASF field training exercise

The week starting February 23 will see SANDF Joint Operations headquarters become a hive of high level activity when planning for the...

France agrees to help African nations set up military force

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France agreed on Friday to help African nations create a joint military force to tackle coups, wars and rebellions on the continent,...