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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...

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