The African Union's Role in Promoting Peace, Security and Stability: From Reaction to Prevention?
Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, Commissioner for Peace and Security, African Union
Chair: Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The African Union aims to end armed conflict in Africa by 2020, so despite a wide-ranging agenda to build towards a ‘peaceful, integrated and prosperous Africa’ by 2063, peace and security remain a current key priority in the work of the African Union Commission. The AU is trying to move beyond crisis management to conflict prevention but continues to face challenges such as a lack of clarity on AU intervention mandates and roles, issues of internal harmonization, and competition and poor coordination between member states.
At this meeting Ambassador Chergui will discuss his priorities as commissioner for peace and security for the African Union and how he works towards these priorities with counterparts within and outside of the AU Commission. He will discuss the AU’s continuing role in furthering integration towards peace and security on the continent, and how external partners can support this.
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