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The African Union

Challenges of globalization, security, and governance

By Samuel M. Makinda, F. Wafula Okumu

© 2008 – Routledge

214 pages

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A comprehensive examination 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.

Samuel Makinda and F. Wafula Okumu show how Africa and, in particular, the AU can effectively addressed the challenges of building and sustaining governance institutions and security mechanisms only if they have strategic leadership. Current debates on, and criticisms of, leadership in Africa are also analyzed as well as key options for overcoming the constraints that African leaders face. Core topics covered include:

  • the colonial policies of the European powers
  • the emergence of Pan-Africanism
  • the creation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963
  • the evolution of the OAU into the AU in 2002
  • the AU’s capacity to address poverty alleviation, conflict management and resolution, peacebuilding and humanitarian intervention.


'This book, authored by two eminent African scholars, is timely and analyzes the African continental movement from the OAU in 1963 to the AU. The authors make an honest and sobering assessment of the performance of the AU. Few books have been written on the AU, and this one fills a big gap by providing researchers and lay people with an analysis of this important organization at a time when African leaders are debating the establishment of the United States of Africa.' - Ambassador Ahmed Haggag, Former OAU Assistant Secretary General

'The dream of a United Africa is over 100 years old. It crystallized among Black people in the Diaspora, and its founders included the legendary African American intellectual, W.G.B. DuBois. The creation of the AU is the most ambitious stage of Pan-Africanism so far. This book gives us an insight into both the scale of Africa’s ambition and the formidable challenges facing such a vision of regional integration. The authors are in command of the facts and are sensitive to the vision.' - Ali A. Mazrui, Binghamton University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The OAU and Mutual Preservation 2. The African Union: Meeting the Challenge of Globalization 3. Governance, Democracy, and the Rule of Law 4. Security and Peace Building 5. Knowledge and Development 6. Challenges of Globalization, Security, and Governance. Appendix 1: The Constitutive Act of the African Union. Appendix 2: Protocol on Amendments to the Constitutive Act of the AU. Appendix 3: African Union’s Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance. Appendix 4: Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union

About the Authors

Samuel M. Makinda is Professor of Security Studies and International Relations at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

F. Wafula Okumu is the Head of African Security Analysis Programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria, South Africa.

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 three "streams" identified by one of three cover colors:

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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)