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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Happy Birthday, UN: The Peacekeeping Quagmire

The APSTA Peacekeeping This Month is sharing in the first post of the month, a rather blunt opinion piece by Richard Gowan, Research Director at the Centre on International Cooperation (CIC) at the New York University (NYU), and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

The piece provides contrasting synopses largely of United Nations peace operations in Africa and concludes on the stark note that: “the Security Council and UN officials should maintain, and be willing to threaten, the nuclear option of withdrawing peacekeeping forces more rapidly in those cases where national leaders grow too confrontational or autocratic…there have to be moral limits to the sort of regimes that peacekeepers are asked to fight and die for…The longer the UN continues to prop up leaders and governments that treat the organisation with contempt, the more that contempt will be deserved”.

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