Since its inception in 2002, the African Union has meant to promote peace and security in Africa, amongst its key objectives, as well as democratic institutions, good governance and human rights. In order to do so, the organization has developed the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), which includes a number of mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution, as well as post-conflict reconstruction.
At the continental level, this specifically refers to the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS), the Panel of the Wise and the African Standby Force (ASF). These institutions constitute substantial strides towards a more integrated continent, notably through the right of intervention.
However, as the continent's political and security challenges diversify, ranging from protracted intrastate conflicts to religious terrorism, large scale piracy to widespread democratic upheaval, the capacity of the nascent regional security architecture to address these issues comes into question.
This event is organized by the Conflict and Peacebuilding Programme of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).
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