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African Union Addressing the Challenges of Peace, Security, and Governance

ISBN-10: 1138790400

ISBN-13: 9781138790407

Edition: 2nd 2016 (Revised)

Authors: Samuel M. Makinda, F. Wafula Okumu, David Mickler

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Fully revised and updated, the second edition of The African Union continues to offer the most comprehensive overview of the work of the African Union (AU), with special emphasis on its capacity to meet the challenges of building and sustaining governance institutions and security mechanisms. This new edition seeks to: Re-examine the African Union at the historic moment of the golden jubilee of the OAU, its predecessor. It examines the AU's efforts in its first decade, points out some of the organization's weaknesses, and posits options for addressing more effectively the challenges of peace, security, and governance in coming years. Critically review several arrangements and initiatives, including the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Analyses performance of key institutions and programmes of the AU, including the Commission, the Executive Council, the Assembly, and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) as well as the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). This will entail revising and updating all the chapters. It includes two new chapters that reflect the widening agenda of the AU, including new international partnerships and its participation in the debates on new issues and interests, such as climate change and global financial governance. The authors argue that instability and insecurity on the continent are consequences of bad governance and the lack of strategic leadership, while the second is that the lack of a clearly articulated ideology undermines the implementation of the AU agenda.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 7/6/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

David Mickler is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and also Deputy Director of the Master of International Relations program. He primarily teaches international and regional security, and Australian foreign policy. He has written on the response of the UN and African Union to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and on the concept of human security in recent Australian foreign policy towards Africa, and has undertaken fieldwork at the African Union in Ethiopia. His current research is on regional security governance in Africa. Tanya Lyons is the President of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific and the Editor of the Australasian Review of African Studies. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Studies at Flinders University, Adelaide, where she specialises in teaching African political history. Lyons is the author of Guns and Guerrilla Girls: Women in the Zimbabwean Liberation Struggle, and co-editor of the book Africa on a Global Stage. She has also previously written on the state of African Studies in Australia, and on Australian foreign policy toward Africa.