oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - Preface



is a timely publication, emerging as the African Union grapples with many of the old difficulties the Organisation for African Union faced in the peacekeeping arena. With this work, Maj Bruce N. Thobane, Director of Defence and War Studies, Botswana Defence Force, explores the ways in which the African Union has pursued more effective peacekeeping on the African continent. Yet, despite increased political will, especially on the continent, and an improved global security infrastructure, he finds that the African Union remains hamstrung by many of the problems that dogged and scuttled its predecessor. The study is enlightening, but also presents a challenge to statesmen and politicians, to policy framers and their instruments, and, perhaps most of all, to the people of Africa.


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