The African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) was founded in 2001, during the inaugural meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, in order to deepen the debate on peacekeeping training. APSTA was formally established in 2002 as the African Chapter of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), and as a framework for improving the capacity of peacekeeping training institutions by facilitating the exchange of best practices and capacity development support, and for enhancing the impact of peacekeeping initiatives by the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities / Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs).

APSTA is the premier independent Pan-African Association with close working relations with the AU Commission, notably with the AU Peace and Security Department (PSD) and RECs/RMs, as well as other regional and international partners and stakeholders, including the IAPTC of which it is its African Chapter.

As a voluntary Association with a membership of 16 African centres of excellence, the APSTA has continuously sought to deepen the debate and efforts towards peacekeeping capacity building in Africa through education, teaching, training, research, and policy implementation support and advocacy that are working in the area of peace and security in the African continent.

As part of effort towards enhancing the dissemination of information about the work of the Association, the APSTA instituted the “Peacekeeping This Month” in March/April 2007, as an online platform for Member Institutions of the Association and the Association’s stakeholders and partners, to share perspectives on anything peacekeeping, from policy, practice, teaching, training, education, learning and advocacy. Especially since early 2015, the APSTA Secretariat has promoted the sharing of updates and publications from diverse sources on this platform, among others.

The new-look “Peacekeeping This Month” provides a standard electronic media or platform for the journal, with essential features and functionalities to ease and facilitate the sharing and exchange of knowledge.

The Secretariat welcomes interested institutions and individuals to this online journal, and invites them to contribute informed opinion pieces and initiate online discussions on all matters revolving around peace support operations. Furthermore, the APSTA invites our readers to follow the platform to receive automatic email notifications of new postings and updates, as well as to comment on, share and like the posts.

Please note that the APSTA is apolitical and reserves the right not to share policy papers that are contrary to its core values.

For more information regarding contributions/submissions visit the Editorial Policy section.

To learn more about the work of the Association, visit the APSTA official Website at: http://www.apsta-africa.org.