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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…

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

October 25, 2018

Ethiopia
A Step Forward for Women in African Politics

In a cabinet reshuffle last week, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed ten female ministers, comprising half of the all cabinet posts. Days later, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame announced that Rwanda’s new cabinet would also be gender-balanced. The Ethiopian parliament elected its first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.

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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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March 7, 2018

China
African Union Bugged by China: Cyber Espionage as Evidence of Strategic Shifts

A number of African leaders have turned to Chinese investment as a viable alternative to Western development aid. The recent allegations of Chinese cyberespionage of the African Union's headquarters …

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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…

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.

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

October 4, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Union's Conflict Management Capabilities

Overview In this Working Paper, Paul D. Williams clarifies how Africa's strategic importance to the United States has increased substantially over the past decade. In particular, the continent is …

October 30, 2018

European Union
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Test your knowledge of the EU's history, institutions, economy, and more.

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