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Morocco’s New Tango with the African Union #28thAUSummit

Ahead of the African Union Summit which takes place from 22-31 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Yohannes Woldemariam analyses Morocco’s campaign for readmission to the continental body.

Why is King Mohammed VI of Morocco suddenly keen to join the African Union (AU), after his late father King Hassan II abandoned the continental Organization of African Unity the (OAU), in 1984?

Morocco […]

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    Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu discusses the challenging issues facing African Heads of States at the Africa Union Summit taking place from 22-31 January 2017.

The African Union (AU) has until its Summit in Addis Ababa from 22-31 January 2017 to rescue itself from institutional sclerosis. A coincidence of fiscal, succession, diplomatic and governance crises jostling for the attention of its forthcoming […]

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    The Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs: the African Union barks, but will it find its bite?

The Africa Agenda 2063 and the SDGs: the African Union barks, but will it find its bite?

What do the African Union’s Agenda for 2063 and the SDGs mean in a changing development landscape on the continent? Fortunate Machingura looks at how the regional dynamics are evolving.

 

The African Union (AU) is often described as a ‘toothless bulldog’ with credibility and legitimacy deficits. But its recent work may be indicative of a changing status. Through the Africa […]

December 21st, 2016|Development, Featured|0 Comments|

Address African Conflicts with a Stronger African Union

LSE’s Bryan Mutiso argues that African states must strengthen their institutions in order to turn the tide on instability.

In political affairs, as in weather systems, sometimes the most violent storms appear out of nowhere. As I write, such a storm is brewing at the door of the African Union – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia has declared a State of Emergency […]

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    There is no system of international justice against Africa because there is no system of international justice

There is no system of international justice against Africa because there is no system of international justice

African states have made the right decision to maintain their affiliation with the International Criminal Court, says LSE alumnus and international crimininal justice expert Mark Kersten.
Following the twenty-seventh African Union summit, it seems brighter days may lie ahead for the tumultuous relationship between African states and the International Criminal Court (ICC). In the wake of the summit, which took […]

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    South Sudan’s Leaders have Tarnished the Dreams of Independence for their People

South Sudan’s Leaders have Tarnished the Dreams of Independence for their People

Jacob D. Chol analyses why peace is so elusive in independent South Sudan.

Since attaining independence on 9 July 2011, South Sudan has topped local, regional and international headlines on the vast challenges that the nascent State has faced. Yet, more international attention, whether consciously or unconsciously, has been focused on Syria, France and Turkey. Born a pre-failed State, the […]

August 8th, 2016|Conflict, Featured|0 Comments|
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    The African Union Summit could herald a new era of collaboration for the continent

The African Union Summit could herald a new era of collaboration for the continent

LSE’s Baptiste Marle reports on three positive outcomes from the 27th African Union Summit in Kigali.

 

From 10 to 18 July, the African Union (AU) held its 27th Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. An unprecedented number of current and former African heads of state gathered to discuss this year’s theme, Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women. […]

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    Book Review: The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram Edited by Cedric de Coning, Linnea Gelot and John Karlsrud

Book Review: The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram Edited by Cedric de Coning, Linnea Gelot and John Karlsrud

The first book to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of African peace operations, The Future of African Peace Operations: From Janjaweed to Boko Haram is a timely contribution particularly for those already familiar with the larger history of African peacekeeping, says Richard Stupart.

A collection of chapters by eleven different authors and edited by senior researchers in the field […]

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    2016 could be a key year for women’s rights and development policy in Africa

2016 could be a key year for women’s rights and development policy in Africa

As the 27th African Union Summit concludes in Kigali, Olivia Lwabukuna calls on African leaders to move beyond adopting documents on women’s rights and focus on taking concrete action.

 

Gender issues are finally being taken seriously by authorities globally. We know this because of the number of international frameworks, policies and resolutions that focus on gender equality, gender-sensitive and gender-responsive […]

July 21st, 2016|Featured, Gender|1 Comment|

Rhetoric, Reality and Obama’s Speech to the African Union

Waiswa Nkwanga argues that a huge gulf lies between US President Barack Obama’s rhetoric and actions on Africa.

Andrew Mwenda’s recent article accusing Obama of acting like “a colonial headman lecturing the natives on how to behave as good subjects” has unleashed a relatively small barrage of criticism that the rather controversial Ugandan journalist was wrong in his analysis.

One […]

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