2 June 2008


Alex Vines

Dr Alex Vines OBE

Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme

Roger Middleton


European Union engagement with the African Union on peace and security is developing fast, but until now there has been little examination of how effective the engagement is and how it might be improved. In late 2007 the Africa Programme was commissioned by the European Parliament to examine how best the European Union could work to support the emerging Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union, and the subsequent report to the Parliament has just been made public.

Written by the Head of the Africa Programme Alex Vines and researcher Roger Middleton, the report recommends that greater attention be paid to supporting AU administrative capacity and better coordinating EU support to build on commendably rapid progress by the African Union in the face of numerous and complex security challenges.