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African Union & Regional Bodies

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10 Feb 2020
The [African Union] is trying to be more self-sufficient, less reliant on donors. Reuters

Elissa Jobson

Chief of Advocacy
27 Sep 2019
This is a case where the UN should aim to be ‘best supporting actor’ rather than the star, bringing economic expertise to back up the AU’s work on Sudan’s transition. Foreign Policy

Richard Gowan

UN Director

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Podcast / Africa

The Ukraine War: A View From Africa

This week on The Horn, guest host Elissa Jobson is joined by think-tank Director Philani Mthembu to discuss Africa’s mixed response to the Ukraine war.

Report / Africa

How to Spend It: New EU Funding for African Peace and Security

New financial structures will soon allow the EU to fund African military operations – including the supply of lethal weaponry – directly, instead of through the African Union. To avoid aggravating conflicts, Brussels should undertake robust risk assessments, constantly monitor its assistance, insist that recipient countries subordinate military efforts to political strategies and preserve African Union oversight.

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Podcast / Africa

Strengthening Africa’s Hand in Peace and Security

In this week’s episode of The Horn, Alan Boswell examines peace and security challenges on the African continent with Hanna Tetteh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative to the Secretary-General to the African Union.

Briefing / Africa

Eight Priorities for the African Union in 2020

The African Union has been taking a larger role of late in addressing questions of peace and security on the continent. Our annual survey identifies eight situations where the organisation’s timely intercession could help resolve, mitigate or ward off conflict.

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Report / Africa

The Price of Peace: Securing UN Financing for AU Peace Operations

The African Union is best positioned to send peacekeepers to the continent’s various war zones. But it often lacks the funds available to the UN’s blue helmets. A compromise over co-financing peacekeeping missions would serve the conflict prevention goals of both institutions.