n Journal of African Union Studies - The envisioned African Standby Force : an incomplete, failed initiative?

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


The paper examines the envisioned African Standby Force (ASF) to find out if it is an incomplete or failed initiative. The paper is structures into six parts. The first part establishes the boundaries of the paper. The second uses two international relations theories: the system and international organization theories to establish the envisioned ASF as an international structure. The third part establishes best practices: the fourth examines the challenges that impede the successful implementation of the envisioned ASF and reflects on the Common African Defence and Security Policy as the institutional machinery of the envisioned ASF. The fifth part looks at the impact of the African crisis response traditions in relation to the envisioned ASF. The paper uses evident African crisis response traditions to develop theoretical lines of argumentation. The sixth part examines the interoperability enhancing options that could ensure consciously coordinated activities in the African security community. The last part of the paper concludes and makes recommendations for future research.

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