The African Union’s Conflict Management Capabilities

By Council on Foreign Relations
Updated: 04/11/2012

By Paul D. Williams, Council on Foreign Relations | October 2011

Peacekeeping - UNAMIDThe African Union’s founding documents envisaged an organization empowered to play a major role in resolving Africa’s armed conflicts. However, its practical abilities in the field of conflict management suffer from a persistent capabilities-expectations gap, falling well short of its ambitious vision. The organization can more effectively realize its goals by pursuing technical reforms in its key strategic planning offices and streamlining its partnership with the UN and Africa’s regional economic communities.

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