Problematizing Regional Organizations in African Security

African Security, Vol. 2, No. 2-3, pp. 69-81, 2009

12 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2014 Last revised: 24 Feb 2014

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Fredrik Söderbaum

University of Gothenburg, School of Global Studies; United Nations University, Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

Rodrigo Tavares

United Nations - Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The African continent is plagued by some of the most brutal and violent conflicts in the world. At the same time that warfare is changing, so has the state's capacity to provide security and political stability to its citizens. In this context, what is the role of new conflict management actors, in particular regional organizations?

This article starts out by situating conflicts and peace operations on the African continent. It then moves on to problematize the role of regional organizations in African security with emphasis on three key topics: (1) the advantages and disadvantages of African regional and subregional organizations vis-à-vis other security mechanisms, in particular UN peace operations; (2) the official and unofficial reasons to intervene; and (3) whether security is actually protected by the peace activities carried out by the regional organizations.

Keywords: regional organizations, regional security, regional integration, Africa, peace, security

Suggested Citation

Söderbaum, Fredrik and Tavares, Rodrigo, Problematizing Regional Organizations in African Security (2009). African Security, Vol. 2, No. 2-3, pp. 69-81, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399869

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Rodrigo Tavares

United Nations - Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies ( email )

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