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The African Union Wavers between Reform and More of the Same

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on April 19, 2019

The African Union will need to overcome a lack of political will and address structural challenges if it is to be effective in responding to security crises on the continent, consistent with its founding mission.

Trends in African Maritime Security

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 15, 2019

Africa's rapidly evolving maritime security environment has prompted innovations in Africa's maritime security architecture, leading to greater regional coordination.

African Parliamentarian Security Sector Forum

Program Materials  

Program materials for the Africa Center's 2019 program, “National Security Strategy Development Workshop: Central and Southern Africa.” Click here for syllabus, readings, and presentation slides.

The Troubled Democratic Transitions of African Liberation Movements

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on December 14, 2017

Zimbabwe's recent political crisis has provided a lens into the challenges many African countries face in transitioning from their founding liberation movement political structures to genuine, participatory democracies.

Peacekeeping Crucial for African Stability

Spotlight   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on September 8, 2017

Despite their shortcomings, African peace operations have saved lives, built security sector capacity, and helped mitigate conflict—reducing pressure on international actors to become directly involved.

Emerging Patterns of Intra-African Security Assistance

Spotlight   published by Paul Nantulya on December 7, 2016

While discussions of security cooperation often focus assistance from wealthy countries, intra-African assistance has become a major focus of multilateral efforts in crisis management and stabilization.

The Evolution of African Peacekeeping

Spotlight   published by Michael D. Rettig on May 26, 2016

Africa currently hosts over 100,000 peacekeeping personnel. Contributions by African nations are rising and are more diversified—with some big exceptions.

African Conflict Management in a Time of Change

Event page   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on April 22, 2016

As violent conflicts emerge across the continent, African institutions are increasingly called on to respond. This roundtable featured contributing authors of the newly released book Minding the Gap: African Conflict Management in a Time of Change, who offered insights and recommendations on African-led efforts at conflict management and challenges facing African countries and their external partners.

Resolving Africa’s Conflicts: Toward an African Model of Peace Operations

Event page   published by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on March 21, 2016

Africa's fast changing conflict environments compel new thinking on effective strategies for building peace. African leaders and institutions have stepped into this political and operational space to produce the contours of a unique model of African peace operations, suited to the challenges and constraints facing the continent today. The Africa Center held a public roundtable to discuss the implications of Africa's new conflict environment on peacebuilding, the African Standby Forces, and the international community.