AU-UN Cooperation

These Kujenga Amani essays represent a range of critical perspectives on how to advance cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations in ways that effectively address the peace, security, and development challenges faced by Africa.

UN Peacebuilding Reports | October 4, 2017

Book Review, UN Peacekeeping in Africa

2015 and 2016 saw a bumper crop of UN peace architecture reform proposals. These included three blockbuster reviews of UN peace operations and architecture: the High Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations (HIPPO), the Advisory Group of Experts on Peacebuilding (AGE), and the UN Global Study on Women, Peace and Security.1 Also released were […]

UN Peacekeeping in Africa Book Review
Essays | March 21, 2016

Second Time Around: Why Did the African Union Say “No” to a Peace Intervention Force in Burundi?

“In February 2016, the African Union announced its decision not to send an intervention force into Burundi without the consent of the country’s government. What were its reasons for this decision?”

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In February 2016 the African Union decided against sending peacekeepers to crisis-hit Burundi.
AU-UN Cooperation | August 18, 2015

African Peace Support Operations: Sites for Deepening the United Nations’ Cooperation with Regional Organizations

“Against a backdrop of a dynamic and changing peace and security environment, the UN’s interaction with ROs is being redefined. Given the security realities of the continent, Africa is at the forefront of this historical dynamism, and African PSOs are instrumental in shaping the existing contours of the UN–RO relationship.”

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A member of the Kenya Defense Force in Kismayo, Somalia.
AU-UN Cooperation | November 19, 2012

Towards More Effective Partnership Peacekeeping in Africa

Partnership peacekeeping involves official or unofficial attempts by multiple actors to coordinate the objectives of their peace operations. In Africa, the last two decades have seen partnership peacekeeping become more and more common. This is the result of several interrelated trends, but perhaps foremost among them is the widespread recognition that no single international organization has either a monopoly on peacekeeping or the capabilities to deal with Africa’s conflict-management challenges alone.

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A female member of the Ethiopian battalion of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) joins the military observers in a parade to receive the medals in recognition of their contribution to the mission.
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