The African Union and a liberal peace agenda to conflict

Authored by: Elias Omondi Opongo

Handbook of Africa’s International Relations

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857436334
eBook ISBN: 9780203803929
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203803929-10

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Abstract

The African Union (AU) is emerging as an important agent in Africa’s internal and international relations, particularly on issues of post-conflict reconstruction. However, the challenge for adequate response is immense. In 2011–12 alone Africa witnessed more than eight new conflict situations leading to uprisings, and in some cases armed conflicts. The countries affected include Egypt, Libya, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Morocco, South Sudan and Senegal. The African Union has made attempts to mediate in several of these con-flicts but with minimum success. The 2011 conflicts and other previous conflicts have exposed the fragility of the African states and reiterated the importance of responsible governance and sustainable development.

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