n African Security Review - SADCBRIG intervention in SADC member states : reasons to doubt : commentaries

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The Southern African Development Community Brigade (SADCBRIG) is a regional multidimensional peace support operations instrument as provided for by the African Union Standby Force Policy Framework. One of the five regional brigades that makeup the African Standby Force, the SADCBRIG will be a tool of the subregion's political leadership for military intervention in any future conflict situation while diplomatic solutions are being sought. This article argues that the political / strategic challenges that the subregion is likely to face in tasking the brigade in one of its future roles - uninvited military intervention in a member state in order to restore peace and security - make it unlikely that the brigade will be employed for this purpose, at least in its envisioned rapid response role.


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