n Conflict Trends - Refining the African Standby Force concept - : peacekeeping

Volume 2004, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The African Union and the African sub-regional organisations are busy implementing the African Standby Force (ASF) Framework. Two sub-regional organisations have thus far announced their intention to establish sub-regional standby systems. The East African Chiefs of Defence Staff met in February 2004 to adopt a draft protocol and framework for the establishment of an Eastern Africa Standby Brigade (EASBRIG). Similarly, the Defence Chiefs of Staff of the Economic Community of Central African States met in Brazzaville at the end of October 2003 and decided to create a brigade-sized sub-regional standby force. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are also in the process of developing implementation plans and are scheduled to present these to their decision-making bodies later this year.

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