AMISOM: charting a new course for African Union peace missions

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a recent article from the African Security Review Online Journal, titled “AMISOM: charting a new course for African Union peace missions”, that argues for the need for the AU to articulate a PSO doctrine appropriate to the types of missions which the AU undertakes, both now and in the near future.

The article is based on an extensive review of official documents and academic literature on AMISOM, complemented by in-depth interviews with military commanders and senior political officials from AMISOM, its troop and police contributors, the Somalia Federal Government, and UN personnel.

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African Directions: Towards an Equitable Partnership in Peace Operations

The APSTA peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a final report of the new geopolitics of peace operations II initiative titled: “African Directions: Towards an Equitable Partnership in Peace Operations”, which was launched by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

This NGP II final report focuses on how to improve international cooperation in peace operations in Africa. Likewise, it seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate on how the international community can best address current and emerging security challenges in Africa, and to a broader discussion on the future direction of peace operations and their scope.

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UN Support to Regional Peace Operations: Lessons from UNSOA

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a report by Paul Williams published by the International Peace Institute (IPI). The report analyses five sets of challenges that the UN Support Office for the AU Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) faced between 2009-2015, revolving around the expanding scope of UNSOA’s tasks, the clash between the UN and the AU’s organisational cultures, the highly insecure operating environment, the size of the theatre of operations and some of the idiosyncrasies of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

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