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01 Mar 2018 description

In this issue

On the Agenda – Focus on 30th summit

The election of 10 new PSC members shows that consultation within regions prevailed over competition between member states.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is still struggling to convince all member states to agree to AU reforms.

Plans to make Nepad a development agency are pitting the old guard against the reformers.

Situation Analysis

01 Mar 2018 description

Amanda Lucey and Liezelle Kumalo

This policy brief explores how the UN can ensure successful transitions and what sustaining peace means in practice.

20 Feb 2018 description

New governments in both countries could reverse their poor track by learning from local projects

Neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing post-conflict transitions. And in both countries, national elections are ushering in new administrations. In March, elections will be held in Sierra Leone, and in January, George Weah took over as Liberia’s president from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

12 Jan 2018 description

Elections held in Africa in 2017 show that international election observers need to up their game if they are to remain relevant in improving the quality of elections and building public confidence in electoral processes.

11 Jan 2018 description

In this issue
On the Agenda
The 30th AU summit will be an opportunity to start implementing AU reforms.

Ten new members of the PSC will be elected at the summit.

Clarifying the relationship between the AU and RECs is on the reform agenda.

Situation Analysis
Parliamentary elections are on the cards for Guinea- Bissau in 2018.

Addis Insight
An analysis of the work of the PSC this year shows fewer meetings were held on crisis situations.

27 Nov 2017 description

If Africa wants to ‘silence the guns’, its leaders must take a closer look at locally manufactured weapons.

The trafficking and illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons are often discussed in the context of fuelling instability and insecurity in West Africa. Rarely, however, is the issue of locally manufactured weapons given appropriate attention in these conversations.

31 Jul 2017 description

The international debate packages the problem neatly, but offers few solutions for Africa.


Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West.

08 Dec 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – In 2013, African Union (AU) leaders committed to a future where the continent is free from the scourge of conflict; pledging to ‘end all wars in Africa by 2020.’

But the high ideals of Vision 2020 – also referred to as ‘Silencing the Guns’ – can only become a reality if pragmatic steps are taken to curb the misuse and uncontrolled spread of arms. One such measure is the enforcement of United Nations (UN)-imposed arms embargoes.

01 Dec 2016 description

Although challenges remain, ECOWAS has done well to implement the AU’s Peace and Security roadmap.


17 Sep 2015 description

When will customs officials at airports stop checking your temperature upon arrival from an African destination? In countries like Ethiopia, half a dozen medics in white coats check whether travellers had recently visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. Admittedly, Addis Ababa hosts the headquarters of the African Union (AU), where most of Africa’s 54 member states are represented. And these officials travel a lot.

19 May 2015 description

In this issue

■ Addis Insight

The African Union (AU) is increasingly focusing on the role of women in peace and security as part of its 2015 theme: women’s empowerment and development towards the implementation of Agenda 2063. This will also be the theme of the upcoming AU summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

■ On the Agenda

The PSC discussed the African position on the review of United Nations (UN) peace operations. Cooperation between the UN and the AU in peacekeeping in Africa has become increasingly important.

14 May 2015 description

On 9 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) made a remarkable announcement. After 14 months and 4 573 deaths, Liberia was formally declared to be free from Ebola.

The announcement came after Liberia successfully – albeit nervously – waited 42 days without any new cases.

24 Feb 2015 description

Dans ce numéro

■ Coup de projecteur sur le sommet de l’Union africaine

Les chefs d’État et de gouvernement ont reporté la présentation d’un rapport crucial sur le Soudan du Sud et décidé d’envoyer une force régionale pour lutter contre Boko Haram.
Plusieurs réunions ont eu lieu en marge du sommet, notamment sur la Libye ou sur les sources alternatives de financement de l’UA.
Achevées tard dans la nuit, les discussions n’ont pas permis d’aboutir à un accord sur le partage du pouvoir au Soudan du Sud.

■ Vues d’Addis

10 Feb 2015 description

The recently concluded African Union (AU) summit, from 23 to 26 January 2015, which concluded with the adoption of Agenda 2063 – the continent’s blueprint for development – once again gave African leaders and international role players an opportunity to engage on pressing issues affecting the continent.

While the theme of the summit was ‘Women’s empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063’, peace and security unsurprisingly dominated both the agenda and the high-level sideline meetings, with mixed results.

13 Jan 2015 description

Dans ce numéro

■ Vues d’Addis

  • La réponse de l’UA face à la situation au Burkina Faso soulève d’importantes questions, notamment sur la réaction rapide et le rôle de l’armée.

■ À l’ordre du jour

  • Le CPS a tenu une réunion publique afin de discuter de l’envoi prévu de 1 000 professionnels de la santé dans les zones affectées par le virus Ebola.

■ Analyse de situation

16 Apr 2012 description

There is little doubt in my mind that international intervention during the difficult times of the 1990s in Sierra Leone represents a success story in ending a brutal war that engulfed this small West African country for over a decade. Sierra Leone bestowed upon itself notoriety for a horrendous fratricidal war, the trademarks of which were amputations, the employment of child soldiers, the use of sex slaves, and looting and burning of both public and private properties.

23 Nov 2011 description

Should private military and security companies be involved in peacekeeping in Africa’s war-torn regions? As private companies, their vested interests may not coincide with those of the countries or organisations that employ them. Yet, given the failure of so many peacekeeping efforts in Africa, might these companies not be used effectively by UN and other peacekeeping forces? In this monograph five African analysts debate the merits and pitfalls, morality and politics, accountability and legal issues, of using private operators in African peacekeeping efforts.

18 Oct 2010 description


West Africa, like all other regions of the African continent, has been faced with a multitude of security challenges since the end of European colonisation in the region in the early 1960s. And as most West African countries celebrate 50 years of independence in the year 2010, which the African Union (AU) has proclaimed as the "Year of Peace", many of these challenges remain acute.

28 Jun 2010 description

Gugu Dube, Junior Researcher, Arms Management Programme

African states reinforced their ownership of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) at a global conference hosted by the governments of Chile and Norway in collaboration with UNDP held 7-9 June in Santiago, Chile. The CCM is the most significant international disarmament treaty since the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.