African peace

Regional norms from the Organization of African Unity to the African Union

By Kathryn Nash

African peace


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5281-7
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: February 2021
  • BIC Category: International Relations, Society & social sciences / International relations, Africa, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General, HISTORY / Africa / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African, International Humanitarian Law, Nato


African regional organizations have played leading roles in constructing collective conflict management rules for the continent. Currently, the African Union (AU) authorizes peace support operations and actively engages to resolve internal conflicts. Just a few decades ago these actions would have been deeply controversial under the Organization of African Unity (OAU). What changed to allow for this transformation in the way the African regional organization approaches peace and security? The book examines why the OAU chose norms that prioritized state security in 1963 leading to a policy of non-interference even in the face of destabilizing violence and why the AU chose very different norms leading to a disparate conflict management policy of non-indifference in the early 2000s. It argues that new peace and security norms emerged largely from within the African region and international influence was not a determinant factor.


1 Introduction
2 Peace and security from the organization of African Unity to the African Union
3 Pan-Africanism and the road to independence
4 The creation of the organization of African Unity
5 The institutions and policies of the organization of African Unity
6 The first decade of the organization of African Unity
7 An era of change
8 Changing international and regional dynamics
9 The final decade of the organization of African Unity
10 International conflict management after the end of the Cold War
11 The advent of the African Union
12 Conclusions


Kathryn Nash works for the Political Settlements Research Programme for the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh

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