The AU's Peace and Security Architecture - Filling the Gaps

The AU's African Peace and Security Architecture was established when the organisation adopted the Protocol on the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council in July 2002. It is guided by the AU's mandate and its interventionist approach. Its aim is to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts by working collaboratively with the Regional Economic Communities and Mechanisms. The architecture has five pillars composed of AU organs and bodies,they are the Peace and Security Council, the Panel of the Wise; the Continental Early Warning System; the Standby Force, and the Peace Fund. The success of the African Peace and Security Architecture is paramount for Africa's development and human security. Its value in the continent's peace and security agenda should not be underestimated writes Dominique Mystris for The Conversation Africa.

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