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(AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, 2017) Vrey, Francois; Mandrup, Thomas
Standby forces of the African Union are expected to deploy rapidly into high-intensity conflict zones. Inherently they stem from and are expected to work effectively with regional militaries of differing capabilities. But first, the AU has to muster the political will to deploy the force at all and do it all on a shoestring budget. Vreÿ and Mandrup’s edited volume illuminates through the chapter contributions the breadth of challenging political hurdles that the African Union’s African Standby Force faces. They do this in clear and readable terms. This important book is imperative for anyone seeking to understand the rapid deployment forces on which African states have optimistically pinned the future of their collective security aspirations.
(Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, 2017) Jordaan, Evert
The promotion of peace and security in Africa necessitates security
cooperation between states and collective security remains a way to
pursue it. This paper explores the changed meaning and application of
the concept of collective security within the African Peace and Security
Architecture (APSA) to deal with both interstate and intrastate security
concerns within the African Union (AU). Since the AU has made clear
commitments to collective security, the aim is to determine to what
extent the AU subscribed to collective security and applied it in terms of
coercion, which includes interventions. While dealing with genocide,
war crimes and extended presidential terms remains problematic, the
AU has taken an assertive stand with the use of coercion in cases of
unconstitutional changes of government. The article highlights the tension
between the theory and practice of collective security in Africa.