Conflict prevention: what’s in it for the AU?

isslogoThe APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a policy briefing by Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher in the Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Division at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), titled “Conflict prevention: what’s in it for the AU?”.  The brief provides an overview of the AU’s current and expected roles regarding conflict prevention, and recommends possible entry points for strengthening these roles.

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The Angolan Armed Forces and the African Peace and Security Architecture

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a recent article from Southern African Peace and Security Studies Online Journal, titled “The Angolan Armed Forces and the African Peace and Security Architecture“, reflecting upon Angola’s potential interests behind its participation in the APSA’s framework.

The Article analyses Angola’s involvement in the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and seeks to answer the question: ‘How important is Angola’s presence in the African Regional Security Architecture?’. It addresses Angola’s foreign policy towards the African regional organizations where it is represented, identify the country’s main contributions to regional and continental security and defense, and consider participation scenarios and possible strategies to strengthen Angola’s role in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Where to from here for the UN in South Sudan?

isslogoThe APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you an article authored by Meressa Kahsu, Researcher and Training Coordinator at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), titled Where to from here for the UN in South Sudan?

The article highlights the major factors that have contributed for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in failing to achieve one of its core mandates relating to the protection of civilians. It points out that a more robust operational mandate with matching capabilities might be the last shot at success for UNMISS. Considering the expiry of the current mandate of the mission on 15 December and the possibility of extension after that timeline, the article raises key questions, such as:

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Peacebuilding, conflict prevention and conflict monitoring in the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)

ecdpmThe APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you the background note of the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), titled “Peacebuilding, conflict prevention and conflict monitoring in the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)”. It posits that: “The APSA remains Africa’s pivotal tool and framework that can tackle conflict on the continent. Faced with a complex conflict landscape and a range of institutional and operational challenges, continuous efforts will be needed to contribute to the effective operationalisation of the APSA and a more peaceful continent. The incoming AU Commission will have a lot on its plate.”

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