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The African Union

Addressing the challenges of peace, security, and governance, 2nd Edition

By Samuel M. Makinda, F. Wafula Okumu, David Mickler


218 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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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:

  • Re-examines 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 reviews 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 programs 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).
  • Discusses how far instability and insecurity on the continent are consequences of bad governance and the lack of strategic leadership.
  • Considers how the absence of a clearly articulated ideology may undermine the implementation of the AU Agenda.

In addition to offering revised and updated chapters throughout, this edition includes one new chapter, which critically discusses the AU’s new international partnerships. With an emphasis on the current work of the AU and a view to the future of the organization, this book is essential reading for students and scholars researching African Politics and international organizations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Organization of African Unity: liberation, integration, and mutual preservation 2. The African Union: meeting the challenges of an ambitious and rapidly expanding agenda 3. Challenge of promoting governance, democracy, and the rule of law 4. Challenge of maintaining security and building peace 5. The African Union’s international partners 6. Knowledge and development 7. Addressing the challenges of peace, security, and governance

About the Authors

Samuel M. Makinda isProfessor of International Relations and Security Studies at Murdoch University, Australia.

F. Wafula Okumu is the Executive Director of The Borders Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

David Mickler is Assistant Professor in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

About the Series

Global Institutions

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)