The Conundrum of the African Standby Force

While there is support for a rapid reaction force to intervene early in conflicts, there are considerable economic and organisational obstacles standing in the way of an AU force that could be deployed to hotspots.

AMISOM troops on Mogadishu's frontline.

  • Africa:  Crises Stall Formation of Standby Troops

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 9 May 2012

    Africa's crises are both honing and stalling the formation of the African Standby Force (ASF) of the African Union (AU) - a quick reaction force that could eventually number about ... read more »

  • East Africa:  Ugandan Army Chief Roots for African Standby Force

    The New Times, 19 May 2012

    Regional security systems are the last chance to rid the continent of security threats, Uganda's Military Chief has said. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Jonathan, African Leaders Meet in Ethiopia for AU Summit

    Leadership, 14 July 2012

    President Goodluck Jonathan will today arrive Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital to attend the 19th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly holding at the AU headquarters from ... read more »

  • East Africa:  Region Protocol to Strengthen Defence Ties

    The New Times, 4 May 2012

    The recently signed East African Community (EAC) protocol on defence co-operation by the bloc's Heads of State, will cement the defence pact in the region, a top official in the ... read more »

  • Cameroon:  Largest Military Communications Exercise in Africa Kicks Off in Cameroon

    United States Africa Command, 20 June 2012

    The largest military communications exercise on the African continent kicked off June 18, 2012 during a ceremony at the Douala Naval Base in Cameroon. read more »

AMISOM troops up at dawn on Mogadishu's frontline.

Ugandan soldiers deployed to the AU Mission in Somalia.