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.
Daily Maverick, 15 August 2012
The African Standby Force is a beautiful concept. The crack troops were meant to be the silver bullet for Africa's security problems, a rapid-response team able to get in and stop ... read more »
AMISOM troops on Mogadishu's frontline.
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 »
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 »
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.
Public Agenda, 12 December 2011
An African Standby Force (ASF) with the mandate to promptly respond to conflicts in the sub-region will be operational by 2015.The 30,000 ASF would be composed of the military, ... read more »
Sudan Tribune, 26 October 2010
The African Union's standby force completed an exercise designed to prepare them for swift deployments to respond to emergencies, the Africa Union Commission (AUC) has said. read more »
Daily Champion, 9 July 2011
Member-states of African Union (AU) are to review the strategic headquarters of the Union with a view to enhancing the operational efficiency of the African Standby Force (ASF). read more »
African Union, 28 April 2011
General Konate, High Level Representative of the African Union (AU) for the African Standby Force (ASF) Operation visited on Thursday, April 28, 2011, the site intended for the ... read more »
African Union, 28 April 2011
The workshop on the third roadmap for the operationalization of the African Standby Force (ASF) started on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Douala, Cameroon. Organised by the ... read more »
Ugandan soldiers deployed to the AU Mission in Somalia.