The African Peace and Security Architecture


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, African Union | 2015

This Handbook jointly developed by the AU Peace and Security Department (PSD) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Addis Ababa Office, is intended to provide an understanding of the APSA based on its mandate derived from the Protocol establishing the PSC. It is hoped that the Handbook will contribute to informing key policy actors including parliamentarians and civil society about the mandate, the activities and interface between the AU and RECs/ RMs in the promotion of peace and stability on the continent. The handbook is meant to serve as standard reference that provides systematic information in a standardized form for all stakeholders (with special focus on journalists), who work on Pan-African issues such as APSA and general peace and security matters. The Handbook avoids the temptation of being too prescriptive, but, instead, it presents a factual account of the APSA structures focusing on their mandates, activities and challenges i.e, the PSC, CEWS, the Panel of the Wise, the ASF and the Peace Fund.

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