n Journal of African Union Studies - Rethinking African Union's capacity for regional conflict management

Volume 4 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


In line with the pan-African political ideal of African solutions to African problems, the African Union (AU) since its establishment in 2002 seeks to contend with the challenges of intra-state conflicts which have been the bane of political, economic and social development in the continent. In situations of armed conflicts, especially where diplomatic and mediatory efforts fail to end violence, the AU has adopted military interventionist mechanisms to protect civilians and restore peace and security in accord with Article 4(h & J) of the AU Constitutive Act. Drawing from the cases of the AU's responses to the crisis in Somalia, Sudan and Libya, this research examines the capacity of the AU to enforce peace and security in Africa through its military interventionist mechanisms. It is argued that for the AU to perform effectively in conflict situations, the organization ought to possess a strong military power to compel obedience.

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