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Responsibility to Protect in Africa: An Analysis of the African Union's Peace and Security Architecture
Global Responsibility to Protect (2009)
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
  • Samuel Atuobi
In this paper we argue that, since its birth, the African Union (AU) has established a set of norms and principles that mirror the tenets of R2P as agreed to by the Outcome Document of the 2005 World Summit. These norms and principles coupled with the AU's peace and security architecture make it proactive in conflict prevention and the management of crisis situations on the continent. Collaborative ventures between the African Union (at the continental level), the regional economic communities (RECs) at the (sub-regional level) and the UN (at the global level), we argue, are thus the best options for deepening R2P norms. We argue that the world is experiencing a unique moment of opportunity in the relations between the UN and (sub) regional organisations broadly and the AU specifically. However, the AU's responses to current security challenges in Darfur in Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe, and especially the ICC's application for the issuance of arrest warrant for President Al Bashir of Sudan, does not reflect a clear commitment to the responsibility to protect. The AU's attempt to solve the continent's problems will continue to be thwarted by its lack of political will and the weakening of its norms and principles by some Member States.
  • african union,
  • un security council,
  • un charter,
  • regional organizations,
  • un world summit 2005,
  • au constitutive act,
  • au peace and security council,
  • darfur,
  • commission of the african union,
  • panel of the wise,
  • continental early warning system,
  • african standby force
Publication Date
February, 2009
Citation Information
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning and Samuel Atuobi. "Responsibility to Protect in Africa: An Analysis of the African Union's Peace and Security Architecture" Global Responsibility to Protect Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2009)
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