An Ambivalence to the Norm Cycle: The African Union’s “New” Approach to Continental Peace and Security

  • Jide Martyns Okeke
Part of the Contemporary African Political Economy book series (CONTAPE)


The African Union has gained widespread international recognition through its new outcome of sovereignty and collective responsibility to protect espoused by the African Union following its establishment. This chapter argues that the African Union’s conceptual and normative framework has in practice been implemented based on the pursuit of national interests and protection of regime security through the primacy of traditional sovereignty and at best, consent-based intervention.


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  • Jide Martyns Okeke
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  1. 1.African Union CommissionAddis AbabaEthiopia

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