Enhanced AU-UN collaboration is a non-negotiable.

As the African Union (AU) has become a stronger actor in peace operations, coordination with the United Nations Security Council has risen in importance. Beyond just working together on a case-by-case basis, such as the Somalia hybrid mission, the two organizations are seeking a broader and more complimentary relationship. In the last year, we have witnessed an increasing convergence with the development of the AU Common Position on the Peace Operations Review and Joint UN-AU Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. These were followed by the recommendations stressing the important of partnership with regional organizations from High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and the Secretary-General’s response to this seminal report. But it is not an easy task for the two organizations to converge. As preparations for a recent high-level meeting showed, there remain some institutional and political challenges that make working together inherently difficult for both organizations. Competing agendas The 10th annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) was held in New York on 23-25 May 2016. The meeting’s final agenda was set to discuss the crisis in Burundi and the mandate of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which expires at the end of May. It was dictated by the UNSC, with little compromise over the issues raised by the AU. The initial agenda proposed by the AU PSC members in mid-April included discussions on Western Sahara, South Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, and countering terrorism and violent extremism – all key challenges on the continent with global implications. On 25...

La professionnalisation du maintien de la paix des Nations Unies ou le travail de Sisyphe

The United Nations and its peacekeepers are more often mentioned for its failure, rather than its successes. However, as the author argues, it is important to remember who should be held responsible for these failures: Since the operations of the UN are based on a vision of security delivered collectively, the responsibility can only be collective, and that of both the financial contributors and the contributors of troops, police and military experts. Much still remains to be done for UN peace operations to become properly professionalized. The author suggest improvements to the quality of staff recruitment, training, and organizations of operational support. However, while the professionalization of peacekeeping is a long-term project, and can be described to be the likes of the labor of Sisyphus, particularly because of the number of actors involved – there is progress to be found.   Read the full article here...
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