Skip to main content
The African Union’s Peace and Security Architecture: Defining an Emerging Response Mechanism
The Nordic Africa Institute (2008)
  • Emmanuel Kwesi Aning
This paper explores the deepening efficacy of the African Union especially in matters relating to peace and security and in that respect focuses especially on its peace and security architecture. Also of note is its broader relationship to the international mechanisms for attaining peace and stability. Furthermore, it also explores how the UN can contribute to improving its partnership with the AU and offers a tentative explanatory framework for some of the difficulties that bedevil this relationship. In this paper, I argue that collaborative ventures between the African Union (at the regional level), the regional economic communities (RECs) at the (sub-regional level) and the UN (at the global level) are the best options for resolving some of the continent’s most challenging human security dilemmas. The world is experiencing a unique moment of opportunity in the relations between the United Nations and (sub)regional organizations broadly and the AU specifically. In my view, it is also imperative that (sub)regional organizations in areas of proximity to conflicts should be empowered and supported to take necessary actions to restore peace and security. However, in defining how such cooperative and collaborative relationships should be established, it is imperative that regional organizations broadly and, the African Union especially should not be viewed in isolation: namely that its supporting mechanisms and infrastructure of the RECs all have roles to play in attaining overall global security.
  • african union,
  • peace,
  • security architecture,
  • international relationships
Publication Date
Citation Information
Emmanuel Kwesi Aning. "The African Union’s Peace and Security Architecture: Defining an Emerging Response Mechanism" The Nordic Africa Institute (2008)
Available at: