African Union Peacekeeping

Opinion: Don’t write off the future of peacekeeping

Published October 29, 2010 by The Globe and Mail
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The enduring loyalty of Canadians to United Nations peacekeeping should not be treated – as it often is these days – as an unwanted remnant of the past. Canadians are correct in believing that peacekeeping has a vital role to play in the increasingly challenging world of global conflict.

Ethiopia: African Union exercise for rapid response force enters final stage

Published October 27, 2010 by Sudan Tribune
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(ETHIOPIA) – The African Union’s standby force completed an exercise designed to prepare them for swift deployments to respond to emergencies, the Africa Union Commission (AUC) has said.

At a press conference on Monday AUC chair person, Jean Ping, said that the force’s operational capability in resolving conflicts has seen considerable progress.

Private Contractors in Conflict Zones: The Good, the Bad, and the Strategic Impact

Author(s): 
T.X. Hammes
Date Published: 
October 28, 2010

"There has been very little investigation by the U.S. Government into the strategic impact of contractors.  Yet contractors reduce the political capital necessary to commit U.S. forces to war, impact the legitimacy of a counterinsurgency effort, and reduce its perceived morality.  These factors attack the Nation's critical vulnerability in an irregular war - the political will of the American people." - Strategic Forum #260

Battle for Mogadishu escalates

Published October 28, 2010 by Global Post
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — It was a fairly typical Thursday in Mogadishu. By mid-morning, the fighting had already reached a fever pitch.

From the roof of a broken city building artillery flashes tore the clear blue sky, clouds of dust rising where the shells fell. The pop of distant gun shots and the fizz of close flying ones were obliterated by the repetitive thundering of machine gun fire and the occasional wall-shaking boom of nearby artillery. It went on and on, in fits and starts, through much of the day.

Security Council accused over African conflict response

Published October 23, 2010 by AFP
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UNITED NATIONS — South Africa on Friday accused the UN Security Council of moving faster to end conflicts in regions outside of Africa, as African nations demanded more help for peacekeeping operations.

The Somalia war brought to a head Africa's complaints at a special UN Security Council debate on peacekeeping that its troops get poorer treatment than those on mainstream UN missions.

Tension over poor peace force support

Published October 25, 2010 by BusinessDay
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TENSION arising from the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s reliance on African nations to supply peacekeepers has come into sharper focus as diplomats, UN and African Union (AU) officials sparred over how to stretch their resources to meet the boom in peacekeeping.

A report on Friday from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasised the increasing role of AU peacekeeping. Whether the missions are led by UN or AU forces, African conflicts occupy about 70% of the security council’s usual monthly agenda.

Civilian casualties mount in Mogadishu

Published October 22, 2010 by LA Times
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When Mohamed Ali Dahir, a 21-year-old business administration student, used to board the bus to school, he wasn't worried about being prepared for an exam or arriving late to a lecture. Instead, he braced himself for gunfire or other violence that might erupt while he was traveling the streets of Mogadishu.

Even though his bus is clearly marked as school transportation, he said, there were times when even "the government soldiers open fire at us as we return from our schools or college."

UN council asks details for AU Somalia force boost

Published October 22, 2010 by Reuters Africa
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council countries voiced support on Thursday for boosting the African Union peacekeeping force in conflict-torn Somalia, but told the AU to provide more details of its plans first, diplomats said.The AU wants to step up its AMISOM force to 20,000 from the current level of 7,200 but needs funding from the United Nations and Security Council authorization. It also wants the council to impose a no-fly-zone and naval blockade on Somalia.

AU stages joint exercises of its peacekeepers

Published October 21, 2010 by Daily Nation
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Africa’s top military officers and civilians gathered in Addis Ababa today to hold a joint military exercise called Amani Africa under the continent’s Standby Force programme.

The African Union, with a support of the European Union and Canada launched the non-combat military exercise to improve the continent’s capacity to respond to conflicts and to enhance peace-keeping operations.

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