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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...

Big Chinese equipment boost for SAMIM

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Now into its third year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) finds its equipment stores significantly bolstered by a $100...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

“Concrete action” needed to silence the guns in Africa

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The need for “concrete action” to end conflict in Africa was raised during an African Union (AU) workshop on “Silencing the Guns” with one...

More troops to exit ATMIS

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Tight deadlines mean assessment of the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) first troop drawdown phase is running concurrently with planning for the...

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...

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: ATMIS is still central to protecting Somali’s hard-won gains

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The fight against al-Shabaab has changed tack since Hassen Sheikh Mohamud became Somalia’s president last year. The more robust Somali-led approach is showing promising...

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....

Ethiopia/Tigray peace process underway

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Following an agreement to end hostilities between Ethiopia and its Tigray region, the African Union (AU) has worked at setting up a monitoring, verification...

SAMIM finance and logistics a concern for AU Peace and Security...

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is the beneficiary of aid – financial, equipment and humanitarian – from continental blocs...

Agreement reached to end Tigray hostilities

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Ten days of reported “intense negotiations” ended in the South African administrative capital Pretoria with agreement to end over two years of hostilities between...

Ethiopia/Tigray talking peace in South Africa

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South Africa, at the behest of continental body the African Union (AU), is hosting talks to find “a peaceful and sustainable solution” to ongoing...

Persistent threats dominate PanWise Namibia retreat

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The just ended Pan African Network of the Wise retreat (PanWise), held under the auspices of the African Union (AU), expressed its concern as...

ATMIS officers’ facilitation course

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Ahead of deployment to ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia), 41 staff officers from seven countries underwent a special facilitation training session in...

AU condemns DRC violence

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Ongoing violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has attracted the ire of the African Union (AU) with the continental body expressing “deep...

African continental peace efforts boosted by MoU

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The African Union (AU) has partnered with international violence prevention and peacebuilding body Interpeace to boost continental peace efforts via a memorandum of understanding...

AU medals for ATMIS officers

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Officers from the military and police components of what is now ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission in Somalia) were honoured for, among others, their...

AU summit concerned about “resurgence” of coups on continent

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A weekend African Union (AU) summit in Malabo had at its core stemming “the upsurge of an increasingly worrying situation” as regards issues affecting...

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: Africa should be better prepared for Europe’s security funding shift

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The African Union (AU) has missed a vital opportunity to discuss a change in European funding for peace and security. The European Union (EU)...

Former combatants seemingly back in action in DRC

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The emergence of former M23 (Mouvement du 23 Mars) combatants in violence linked to armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is...

ATMIS operational

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The African Union (AU) Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has taken over from the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on April 1, in line...

AU marks mine awareness day

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Today (4 April) is International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, intended worldwide to “serve as a reminder of the danger...

Maritime security “fundamental” to African peace

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The African Union (AU), according to its political affairs, peace and security (PSC) department, views maritime security as “a fundamental component” of the continent’s...

ATMIS modalities under the spotlight

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With just on three weeks before the revamped African Union (AU) peace support operation in Somalia is due to become reality, senior officials from...

ISS: Senegal’s ambitious goals for its African Union presidency

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At the February African Union (AU) summit, President Macky Sall was sworn in as rotating chair of the continental body for 2022. The priorities...

ATMIS aligned with Somalia transition plan

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ATMIS, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia, is focussing on stabilisation and state building with “a clear end goal in sight”, the continental...

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...

Window of opportunity in Ethiopia

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The African Union and the United States see a small window of opportunity to end fighting in Ethiopia as the United Nations warns the...

ISS: Somalia needs AMISOM, but the jury is still out

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Despite detailed reviews and proposals by the AU and the UN, AMISOM’s future remains far from clear. The end of 2021 was the deadline for...

ISS: Israel’s accreditation to the AU is dividing Africa

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Many African states are digging their heels in at Israel’s return to the African Union as an observer. Israel has long sought to retake its...

ISS: Naval-gazing in the Indian Ocean: why Africa should worry

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Even the notion of an Indian military facility on Mauritius’s Agaléga island deserves regional and AU attention. The South-West Indian Ocean seascape is an increasingly...

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: Neither the Security Council nor the AU is grasping the...

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Was it irresponsible for the UN to not intervene, considering the AU’s inability to resolve the dispute? Diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-simmering dispute between...

ISS: Africa must prevent its soldiers and police from becoming drivers...

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Instead of supporting security sector reform when conflicts end, the AU should use its influence to avert crises. The involvement of state security institutions in...

UN Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal

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UN Security Council members on Thursday backed African Union mediation efforts between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan in a dispute over the operation of a...

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...

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...

ISS: Tensions rise with the GERD water

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Is it time to bring the UN Security Council into the bitter dispute over Ethiopia’s dam? Tensions are once again rising among Ethiopia, Egypt and...

Great Lakes region taking on challenges – UN

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Despite COVID-19 challenges, countries in Africa’s Great Lakes region are “on the right track” as leaders push forward on political, security and economic co-operation,...

ISS: Mozambique on a knife’s edge with its Cabo Delgado insurgency

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Although SADC is the first responder to the crisis, the AU’s hands aren’t completely tied. Last week the world witnessed a dramatic attack on the Mozambican town...

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...

ISS: Time for the DRC to show leadership at the AU

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Can Félix Tshisekedi successfully chair the African Union while trying to assert his power at home? On 6 February, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)...

ISS: The reality of the AU’s response to crises

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National sovereignty and subsidiarity limit the African Union’s intervention in the continent’s conflicts. The African Union Peace and Security Council’s (PSC) response to emerging crises...

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...

Strengthening cooperation between the UNSC and the AU

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the United Nations (UN) and the African Union to speed up deliberations to ensure that peacekeeping operations on...

ISS: High expectations for the next AU Commission chair

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The main task will be delivering an effective new structure that tackles internal dysfunction at the commission. African leaders are set to elect a new...

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