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The most extensive review of the African Union's peace missions ever conducted. Read the full report here.

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Access case study and thematic research that forms the most extensive review of AU peace missions ever conducted.

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Africa's comparative advantage lies in the politics of peacemaking.

The AU should maximize political authority over the coordination of political, peace and security efforts in Africa.

The AU emerged from Pan-Africanism, a people’s movement for continental emancipation and people's advancement.

Addressing the shared interests and concerns of the UN and AU, acknowledging the AU's unique continental role.

African ownership of the continent’s political agenda is an essential component of ‘the primacy of the political.’

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Text African Politics, African PeaceAfrican Politics, African Peace charts an agenda for peace in Africa, focusing on how the African Union can implement its norms and use its instruments to prevent and resolve armed conflicts.

African peace research

Access the core thematic and case study research that makes "African Politics, African Peace" the most extensive review of African Union peace missions ever conducted. Topics include: The African Peace and Security Architecture, mandates and doctrine for peace missions, unconstitutional changes in government, preventing and responding to mass atrocities, protection from sexual and gender based violence, sanctions, mediation, and over 20 case study profiles.
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The Politics of Peace

Today’s emergent emphasis on hard-security approaches results in AU responses that are reactive to crisis situations, overly dependent on military interventions, and threaten to embroil the organization in unwinnable armed conflicts. This direction is financially burdensome and unsuitable for the AU. Africa’s proven comparative advantage is in the politics of conflict prevention and mediation.

African Mediation Works

Research demonstrates that while mediation by African third parties is more effective than non-African mediation, most effective are mixed mediation efforts in which African and non-African third parties mediate jointly. Particularly effective are mixed mediation efforts in which African third parties take the lead.



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