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The African Union and Security in Africa

  • Jamila El Abdellaoui
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Abstract

Undoubtedly, Africa has been confronted with a myriad of challenges that have impinged on the continent’s capacity to unleash its full potential and provide peace, security, and prosperity to its peoples. Acknowledging that the overwhelming threat to security in Africa is the scourge of conflict, numerous efforts have been undertaken to prevent, manage, or resolve antagonisms between and, more often, within states. As such, an extraordinary emphasis has been placed on issues concomitant to conflict, for example, the proliferation of arms, reform of the security sector, and the illegal exploitation of the continent’s immeasurable natural resources. However, as discussed elsewhere in this volume, in recent years it seems that the African leadership has begun to have a better appreciation of the so-called new threats to security in Africa, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, millions of refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs), and climate change.

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United Nations Security Council Security Threat Human Security Security Architecture 
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