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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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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