n Journal of African Union Studies - African union's peace strides : a theoretical perspective

Volume 4, Issue 2-3
  • ISSN : 2050-4292
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4306


In a quest to understand not only the precipitating factors of insecurity but also Africa's direction in international relations, one contends that the peace and security strides of the Africa Union (AU) can be explained using a constructivist approach, the hypothesis behind which is that states are a social construction bound by norms, rules and institutions of their own creation. This paper maintains that the constructivist approach goes beyond the liberal institutionalism and neorealism theories, and thus providing a better epistemological approach to those with a penchant for analysing Africa's peace initiatives. The point of departure is that although Africa's approach to peace and development is influenced by co-operation based on social constructivist's hermeneutics, the very same progressive moves are threatened by Africans. A noble approach such as Agenda 2063 requires commitment from the leadership of the continent and the general populace.

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