n Africa Insight - The role of the African Union in combating terrorism

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article appraises the role of the African Union (AU) in combating international terrorism in Africa. In doing so, it analyses the concepts of , and . It identifies the various typologies of terrorism such as domestic, transnational, state and international terrorism and highlights the characteristics and current manifestations of terrorism. In this regard, it situates the African region within the context of the global war on terror and critically examines the institutional mechanisms in place to combat terrorism in Africa. In evaluating these combative mechanisms, the article places emphasis on their strengths and weaknesses and offers suggestions on how to make the role of the AU more effective in combating terrorism in Africa.

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