Reading the Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), October – 2015

There were great expectations of South Sudan when it gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, at the end of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the National Congress Party (NCP) of Sudan in 2005.

The CPA paved the way for the January 2011 referendum that saw a resounding vote in for the South to secede and become the 54th member of the African Union (AU). South Sudan’s independence brought to an end decades of a civil war that is also arguably the longest within the African continent.

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AMANI AFRICA II FTX underway in South Africa, October – 2015

Ambassador Smail Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union Commission, formally inaugurated the AMANI AFRICA (AA) II Field Training Exercise (FTX) at Lohatla, South Africa, on 19 October 2015.

The AA II FTX is an AU exercise seeking to fulfil the mandate set out in the AU Roadmap III of the African Standby Force (ASF) June-December 2015.  It involves the ASF as a whole, but based on SADC as the lead region and supported by South Africa that is providing Host Nation Support (HNS).

The overall objective of the exercise is to validate the capacity of the AU to mandate, deploy, and employ the ASF-RDC as a start-up operation, and to, subsequently, run a full multidimensional Peace Support Operation (PSO).

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PKSOI Sollims Sampler Volume 6, Issue 2: Foreign Humanitarian Assistance

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is sharing the PKSOI Sollims Sampler Volume 6, Issue 2, on Foreign Humanitarian Assistance. The Sampler explores the complex issues involved in Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA).  It presents a report on ten lessons from recently conducted FHA operations, an extensive list of references, and three annexes with key observations from operations in Haiti, Japan, and the Philippines.  Additionally, the Sampler concludes with considerations and guidelines for senior military leaders and staffs to take into account during planning and execution of Foreign Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief.

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Re-Energising Peacekeeping: The World Leaders Peacekeeping Summit

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is sharing with our readership a brief overview by Colonel Festus Aboagye, Chief Executive Officer of APSTA, of the 2015 Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping on 28 September 2015 that was convened by the United States (US) President Barack Obama, and co-hosted by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Summit gathered together leaders from more than 50 countries, who pledged new commitments, in addition to existing commitments by traditional contributors who were unable to make new pledges, to strengthen existing capabilities, as well as the flexibility of current and future peace operations.

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