Meeting Notes - January 29, 2010
Operationalizing the African Standby Force
Mashood Issaka and Elijah Dickens Mushemeza, rapporteurs
In Kigali, Rwanda last year, the International Peace Institute, the African Union , and the United Nations convened a high-level African civilian and military leaders’ retreat to discuss the challenges surrounding the operationalization of the African Standby Force.
This meeting report highlights the key issues raised at the retreat and synthesizes the recommendations that emerged from the discussions.
The key recommendations focused on encouraging member states to transfer their contributions to the African Union in a timely manner; identifying appropriate locations for logistics bases for the African Standby Force; clarifying African Standby Force mandate structures; and enhancing management skills at the African Union, regional economic communities, and mission headquarters.
Underlying these points was recognition of the continuing need to bring senior leaders of the African Union and the regional economic communities into a closer and more sustainable dialogue.
The retreat, which took place on May 18-19, 2009, was attended by over forty representatives from the African Union, the UN, and the regional economic communities, as well as academic and policy experts from around Africa.
Mashood Issaka and Elijah Dickens Mushemeza served as rapporteurs at the meeting, which was held under the Chatham House Rule.
The Global Observatory
Killing of al-Shabaab Leader Throws Future of Militant Group into Question
In the short term, the killing of Godane is likely to result in more violent attacks, but longer-term consequences are hard to predict.
Key Global Events to Watch in September
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
September 19, 2014
Madani: Extremist Group Actions “Cannot be Associated with Any Religion”
Iyad Madani, the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), reaffirmed at IPI the Muslim world’s commitment to religious tolerance and human rights and sought to distance Islam from the recent violent actions at the hands of extremist groups across Africa and the Middle East.
September 15, 2014
Despite Disaffection, Youth Still Engaged with Democracy
Young people around the world appear increasingly disaffected with politics and political institutions, particularly in countries where corruption is rampant and government accountability is lacking. Yet during a September 15th event commemorating the International Day of Democracy, a group of young political activists from three different continents spoke at IPI
September 10, 2014
Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914
On September 10-11, 2014, the International Peace Institute launched its inaugural meeting at its Middle East Regional Office in Manama, Bahrain titled “Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future: The Middle East After 1914.”
September 17, 2014
Video: Strengthening Democratic Governance in Africa