n Conflict Trends - The civilian dimension of the African standby force : assessing progress and identifying gaps

Volume 2010, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Since 2003, the African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) has been developing policies and implementing initiatives aimed at developing an AU African Standby Force (ASF). The ASF is envisioned as a continental rapid-response standby peacekeeping capacity, which the AU can invoke to intervene in a conflict situation to prevent the escalation of conflicts. The military conception of the ASF (as a result of the stereotype that peacekeeping is a military affair) resulted in a largely military approach to its development. Upon realising this in 2006, the AU PSOD incorporated civilian and police dimensions into the ASF.

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