Institute for Security Studies (Tshwane/Pretoria)

28 January 2013

Africa: Annual Review of the Peace and Security Council 2012/2013

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The Annual Review of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) raises and engages a number of questions relating to the AU PSC and its activities in 2012/2013.

These questions include:

What is the peace and security trend or outlook for Africa in 2012/2013? What are the peace and security challenges that Africa faced in 2012? What has been the response of Africa to these challenges through the PSC? What results have been and are being achieved from the response?

What are the lessons to be learned from the work of the PSC in 2012? How does the PSC take decisions? Who are the role players in the decision-making processes of the PSC? Are there properly functioning mechanisms for effective interaction and interface between these various role players and the PSC?

In addressing these questions, this annual review offers the PSC, its member states and the AU Commission, as well as other institutions working with the PSC, perspectives on and critical insights into the nature and extent of its contribution towards effectively addressing peace and security threats on the continent.

The annual review also makes invaluable contributions towards improving the framework of working relationships, collaboration and coherent decision-making between the PSC and the AU Commission, RECs, the UN and the wider international community.

This publication was made possible through funding provided by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. In addition, general Institute funding is provided by the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

- Dr. Solomon A. Dersso with a contribution from H.E. Mohamed Fathi Edrees and Dr Jide Okeke

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