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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:The African Union and its institutions
Editors:Akokpari, JohnISNI
Ndinga-Muvumba, AngelaISNI
Murithi, TimISNI
City of publisher:Auckland Park
ISBN:192019603X; 9781920196035
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African Union
conflict prevention
peacekeeping operations
human security
African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
Abstract:Inaugurated on 9 July 2002 as Africa's paramount Pan-African institution, the African Union (AU) is seeking to provide a foundation for strengthening African initiatives for peace, security and development. The chapters in this collective volume, written by 17 largely Pan-African scholars, policymakers, practitioners and civil society representatives, recognize that the AU's structures remain fledgling and underresourced. They also provide concrete recommendations and strategies on how to address these concerns. The chapters in part 1 address conceptual issues marking the transition from the OAU to the AU, including the revival of the spirit of Pan-Africanism after the end of the Cold War, the emerging doctrine of conflict prevention based on the AU's acknowledgement of the 'responsibility to protect', the paradigm shift from military to human security and the dilemmas of regional integration. Part 2 looks at issues relating to peace and security: the peacekeeping role of African organizations, an evolving African HIV/AIDS policy and Africa's internally displaced persons. Part 3 deals with topics around governance and civil society: NEPAD, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, the AU-civil society interface through the provisions for an Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), the Pan-African Parliament, and gender equality. Part 4 considers the AU's relationship with the African diaspora and external actors, such as the European Union (EU). Contributors: Adekeye Adebajo, Adebayo Adedeji, John Akokpari, Daniel Bach, Sheila Bunwaree, Winnie Byanyima, Francis Deng, Solomon Gomes, Eboe Hutchful, Francis Kornegay, Chris Landsberg, Kay Mathews, Baleka Mbete, Ahmed Motala, Tim Murithi, Charles Mutasa, Musifiky Mwanasali, Angela Ndinga-Muvumba. [ASC Leiden abstract]