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.
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African institutional efforts at conflict prevention and mediation have proved instrumental at realizing negotiated settlements.
Africa continues to experience expanding and record levels of forced displacement—a result of predatory governments, political fragmentation, and violent extremist groups.
The deployment of Chinese security firms in Africa is expanding without a strong regulatory framework. This poses heightened risks to African citizens and raises fundamental questions over responsibility for security in Africa.
The integration of justice initiatives within conventional security efforts can mitigate conflict, improve societal resilience, and build a stronger culture supportive of the rule of law.
The power imbalance between China and Africa poses a challenge for negotiating equitable investment deals. The interests of African citizens can be strengthened through agreements that are transparent, involve experts, and facilitate public engagement.
A series of four webinars and discussion sessions for African parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to examine security sector issues and the tools of oversight.
A webinar hosted by the Africa Center to: (1) Assess and expand understanding of the ways in which recent African Union-mandated or African Union-authorized peace operations have evolved to meet dynamic security challenges on the continent in recent years. (2) Assess and expand understanding of the ways in which recent African Union-mandated or African Union-authorized peace operations have met or failed to meet their strategic objectives. (3) Generate ideas, suggestions, and recommendations for how to improve the broader African regional security architecture based on these insights.
Program materials for the Africa Center's webinar, "Women in African Peace and Security: Where Do Policy and Practice Stand?" on Thursday, November 19, 2020
Africa's rapidly evolving maritime security environment has prompted innovations in Africa's maritime security architecture, leading to greater regional coordination.
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.
As Cyril Ramaphosa replaces Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC, much remains to be decided on the future trajectory of the party and the country. Here are four issues to watch.