The SADC Standby Force and Its Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre: Uncertain Operational Readiness and Future of an Externally Fuelled Brigade

  • Johannes MuntschickEmail author


This chapter offers a comprehensive explanation of why and how SADC countries engaged in military integration and put efforts in establishing a regional standby brigade with an associated peacekeeping training centre. This chapter pays special attention to the impact of extra-regional actors and donors’ funding in this regard since the development of the SADC Standby Force occurs at a time when the region lacks an actual external threat. Instead, the African Union, together with the EU, provides financial incentives and thus promotes the build-up of a SADC brigade. The EU’s external influence, however, has been ambivalent insofar as a freezing of donations paralysed the operational capacity of the troops’ training centre. Today, the Standby Force is officially ready for deployment with South Africa as lead nation.


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  1. 1.Department of Political SciencesJohannes Gutenberg University of MainzMainzGermany

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