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September 1, 2009

Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Union

The African Union succeeded the old Organization for African Unity (OAU) in 2002. Since then, the new institution has struggled to reform governing bodies inherited from the OAU while shouldering cha…

October 7, 2011

Ivory Coast
IIGG Report on the African Union

A peacekeeper from the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) armed with a rocket launcher takes up position near the main Bakara Market as they battle against Islamist insurgents in the capital M…

A peacekeeper from the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) armed with a rocket launcher takes up position near the main Bakara Market as they battle against Islamist insurgents in the capital Mogadishu May 22, 2011

March 14, 2011

Wars and Conflict
The African Union on Libya

Zimbabwe's President Mugabe attends the 16th African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. (Thomas Mukoya/Courtesy Reuters) Despite Qaddafi’s use of African mercenaries and the sub…

The African Union on Libya

August 4, 2016

Regional Organizations
An Ever Closer (African) Union

Coauthored with Drew D’Alelio, intern in the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. The rise of populism has been widely interpreted as a globa…

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April 26, 2011

African Union’s Role in Libya

Jean Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, discusses the organization’s role in Libya and the impact of the Arab Spring on the continent, with Jendayi Frazer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for…

February 4, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Is Mugabe Jeopardizing the African Union’s Credibility?

This is a guest post by Nathaniel Glidden, intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs with concentrations in Deve…

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January 28, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
What to Expect from the African Union Summit

This is a guest post by Jason Warner. He is a PhD candidate in African Studies at Harvard University, serving as a U.S. Government Boren National Security Fellow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Late Janua…

AU Summit 2014

February 12, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sitting on Tied Hands: The African Union & Burundi

Tyler Falish is an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations Africa Studies program, and a student in Fordham University’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development. On Feb…

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June 14, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Malawi: Justice versus Impunity and the African Union

This is a guest post by Asch Harwood. Asch is the Council on Foreign Relations Africa program research associate. Malawi has decided not to host July’s African Union (AU) summit because of demands t…

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir attends the 16th African Union Summit, in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2011.

January 19, 2012

South Africa
South Africa Seeks African Union Leadership

President Jacob Zuma’s administration has mounted a full-court diplomatic press for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s candidacy for the chairperson of the African Union Commission.  The commission, in effect,…

South Africa's Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks during an interview in Moscow May 23, 2008.