What role does the AU have in African decision making?


The African Union (AU) has been at the forefront of many responses to complex challenges on the continent, from armed conflict to the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of institutions like the AU is one of Africa’s most ambitious contributions to multilateralism globally.

As the AU prepares for its annual summit next week, this seminar explores the body’s influence on decision making and policy outcomes in Africa. Speakers and participants will consider the effectiveness and transparency of the AU and its various structures, and its relationships with member states and external partners.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided.

Chair: Gustavo de Carvalho, Senior Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, ISS Pretoria


Dr Solomon Dersso, Founding Director, Amani Africa

Prof El-Ghassim Wane, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University (TBC)

Dr Philani Mtembu, Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue

Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Office to the AU (TBC)

Prof Thomas Kwasi Tieku, King's University College at Western University, Canada

Photo: GovernmentZA/Flickr

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