Preventing conflict: how to make the AU’s policy work

Despite being a clear priority for the African Union, conflict prevention faces many challenges.

Despite being a clear priority for the African Union (AU), conflict prevention faces many challenges in terms of both its institutionalisation and political effectiveness. This report analyses the coherence of the AU’s conflict prevention instruments in relation to the needs of Africa’s various crises. It proposes options to enhance the AU’s ability to prevent crises as the 2020 deadline for Silencing the Guns approaches.

About the author

Yann Bedzigui is a researcher with the Peace and Security Council Report project based within the Institute for Security Studies in Addis Ababa. He holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Université Panthéon-Assas.

Picture: © AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

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