n Conflict Trends - The African Standby Force and Regional Standby Brigades : fact-file

Volume 2008, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The creation of the African Union (AU) in 2002 was an important achievement towards attaining collective security, as African member states united in their quest to identify and work collectively towards mitigating conflicts on the continent. The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) was established by the July 2002 Durban protocol, which defines the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and its components, namely :

  • the Common African Defence and Security Policy;
  • the Military Staff Committee;
  • the African Standby Force;
  • the Continental Early Warning System;
  • the Panel of the Wise; and
  • the New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).

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