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African Union as continental conflict manager

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The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) has been undergoing persistent developments since the official establishment of the African Union in 2002 in Durban, and in practice ever since the first steps were taken in 1996 to transform the old OAU into the AU. The results have so far been mixed, in the sense that whereas the AU was deemed successful in establishing institutions like the Peace and Security Council (PSC) and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), only two years after the establishment of the AU in 2002 the implementation of the other elements of the APSA has been slower and less convincing. In 2016 the situation was even more mixed. The AU has become the single most important actor in the field of peace and security on the African continent, however with large regional differences in relation to the pace of development and levels of success. Different attitudes to the nature and roles of the AU in relation to African conflicts characterise the slow and differential progress of the APSA. AU member states argue for ‘African solutions to African problems’, but continue to rely on international actors to finance and facilitate these African solutions. Whether this is a mere consequence of global responses to global threats to international security is a question of opinion, but also one that is open to enquiry.
Period01/04/2017 → …

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