Report: Ten-Year AMISOM Lessons Learned Conference

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is pleased to share with you a report of a lessons learned workshop on AMISOM co-organized by AMISOM and the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) of the African Union, from 9 to 10 March 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The report encompasses key recommendations that emanated from the workshop, organized according to the following thematic areas of focus on AMISOM: (a) Evolution of mandate; (b) Major characteristics of its “model”; (C) Operational successes and challenges; (d) Multidimensional components as an integrated mission; (e) Mission support regime; (f) Experiences of building the Somali security forces; (g) Relationships with its partners; and, (h) Exit strategy.

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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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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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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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