The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) – Discussing the Remaining Challenges

logoThe APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you the report by Adriana Lins de Albuquerque on: The African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) – Discussing the Remaining Challenges.

The report seeks to analyse the current status of the African security structure, with a particular focus on discussing remaining challenges within the central institutions that compose APSA, concluding that the greatest impediment to the continued development of APSA is funding, and reinforcing the need for the AU to take active steps to remedy is risky, heavy reliance on international donors.

In the key conclusions of the report, the author argues that there is limited support for the notion that the Panel of the Wise, for instance, provides an important function in this regard, nor does it believe it prudent to amend the mandate of the Panel to incorporate more of a mediating role without also adjusting the current format of the Panel. On the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS), while accepting that the CEWS theoretically plays an important function within APSA, further development of the platform is unlikely to prevent conflict in the region. It also contends that the lack of political will to engage in conflict prevention at an early stage results in the African Standby Force (ASF) and African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) becoming crucial instruments in efforts to provide “African solutions to African problems.”

To download and read the report from the source, click here

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