African Union

Why the 2015 African Union Summit a missed opportunity?

Waiswa Nkwanga argues that as the only continental organisation in Africa that brings the continent’s heads of state together every year, the AU should provide the leadership needed to address the most vexing problems affecting the continent.

So far, 2015 has not been a good year for Africa. Whether it is the Ebola virus killing thousands of people in West […]

Let’s end the African Union’s monopoly on the unity issue

LSE alumnus Waiswa Nkwanga argues that the African Union has failed in its objective of creating a truly unified continent. The fiftieth anniversary of the African Union (AU) has generated a brief debate about the organisation’s performance. The verdict seems to be that it has been disappointing. However, there has been little discussion on the central and sensitive question:  why […]

Legitimacy through Regional Governance: The African Union

Noele Crossley analyses the challenges facing the African Union as it works towards becoming an importance force for regional stability and local legitimacy. This post originally appeared on Global Policy. Regional organisations such as the African Union, the European Union, the Arab League, or the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), are regarded as an important intermediary between the […]

Changing of the Guard: Bensouda In, Ocampo Out

LSE’s Mark Kersten outlines what we can expect of Fatou Bensouda, the new Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The post originally appeared on the blog, Justice in Conflict. Fatou Bensouda has officially replaced Luis Moreno-Ocampo (who is off to FIFA!) as the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. With dozens of writers and observers scrambling to […]

June 20th, 2012|Human Rights|0 Comments|

VIDEO: Sudan expert Alex de Waal looks at the recent background of the strife between the #Sudans

South Sudan has had a rocky start in its first year as an independent nation. Strife with Sudan has been a constant feature whether over oil, citizenship or territory. Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and a Visiting Professor at LSE. In this video, he discusses how unresolved issues from the 2005 Comprehensive […]

May 31st, 2012|Conflict|2 Comments|

European Union seeks more unified foreign policy on Africa

EU Foreign Policy: The View from Africa will be the penultimate roundtable  in the series of ten on EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon to be held at LSE in the 2011/2012 academic year. This event will be chaired by Dr Tine Van Criekinge on Thursday 10 May from 18.30-20.00 at St Clement’s House, STC S75. Eight years in the making, […]

It is time for the African Union to deal with the negative impact of corporate activity

Mugambi Laibuta is a Master of Laws student at LSE and his dissertation is Multi-national Corporations in Human Rights Protection and the Role of the African Union. Here he puts forward the viewpoint that African leaders need to find the right balance between accepting foreign investment and protecting the fundamental rights of its citizens. Since colonial rule, multi-national corporations have had […]

The West’s intervention in Libya could have a destabilising effect on the whole region

Olivier Bucyana is Masters student in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Olivier points out that internal disunity within the African Union has allowed the West to take the initiative in Libya, a move which could have terrible consequences in the region. The “Arab Spring” which started in northern African countries a few months ago has paved […]

July 22nd, 2011|Conflict|1 Comment|

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