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Title:Cooperation versus dissonance: the UN Security Council and the evolving African Union (AU)?
Author:Mulikita, Njunga-MichaelISNI
Periodical:African Yearbook of International Law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African Union
UN Security Council
African organizations
Abstract:The United Nations cannot do otherwise but increase its cooperation with regional organizations in the maintenance of international peace and security. While the nature of cooperation between the United Nations Security Council and the OAU is satisfactory, there are a number of points of friction. Most notable are Africa's quest to attain increased representation on an enlarged and reformed Security Council and the lack of cohesiveness of OAU member-States in enforcing UN authorized sanctions. The African stance appears in part to be fuelled by the perception in the OAU that the UN Security Council has become an instrument to further the hegemonic and strategic foreign policy interests of the world's sole remaining superpower, the United States of America. The UN is perceived as relatively indifferent to peace and security challenges in Africa in comparison to other crisis points in the world, a view which is reinforced by the Security Council's apparently selective application of UN authorized sanctions. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]