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Since the African Union was established in 2002 it has worked under the slogan: African Solutions for African Problems. But they still don't have the ressources to develop a peaceful and safe continent on their own. This does not just affect Africa, where many still live in poverty or trapped in conflicts, but also the rest of the world is affected - for example when the global maritime cooperation is affected, and through migration.

The road towards a more safe Africa was discussed on a conference in Addis Ababa in Ethipoia i september 2017, which was arranged by Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the Royal Danish Defence College.

"Instead of discussing the general developments and why it still is a struggle to agree and act internally in Africa, we focused on some of the best and worst case scenarios we have witnessed in later years in Africa, when it comes til military interventions. We used these cases as the fundament for our talks, and discussed which tendencies we can extract from the cases to use going forward. For instance, in Gambia we have an example of how the African Union and the Economic Community of East African States in cooperation with the European Union acted fast and ousted Yahya Jammeh after he lost the presidential election - this case, for example, we used for a discussion on methods" says Thomas Mandrup, Associate Prof. in African Security Governance, RDDC, and SIGLA Stellenbosch University.

Among the speakers on the conference was the former president of Burundi and mediator for the African Union Ambassdor Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Professor Robert Rotberg from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, who has done research on leadership in AFrica for more than 40 years and the DAnish Ambassador to Ethiopia for one, Mette Thygesen. You can see and listen to interviews with them and many more on this page... First; and introduction from Thomas Mandrup 


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Thomas Mandrup

Thomas is an Associate Professor in African Security Governance at the Royal Danish Defence College and SIGLA/Stellenbosch University. He is an expert on conflicts in Africa.

Mail . thma@fak.dk
Tel . +27 (0)833370009
Twitter. @MandrupThomas