Good Talk, Not Enough Action: The AU’s Counterterrorism Architecture, and Why It Matters

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Terrorist organizations do not abide by state boundaries; they use borders to escape or expand their reach. The African Union (AU) has thus taken a continental approach to provide a unified counter terrorism framework. However, many states have not implemented the framework due to lack of capacity and political will. In order to make its continental strategy work the AU must: ensure that member states continue to ratify the Algiers Convention; investigate countries that operate outside the continental framework; and better fund, staff, and manage the Peace and Security Council and the African Court of Justice and Human Rights.

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Security Topics:  Regional and International Security Cooperation