African Union Peacekeeping

3-star AFRICOM commander details future missions on the continent

Published February 10, 2014 by Military Times
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The Marine Corps’ partnership with African military forces is likely to expand as those nations look to the U.S. for the training and expertise they need to combat violent extremist organizations, insurgencies, piracy or threatening neighbors, according to a top officer at U.S. Africa Command.

Fifteen of the 20 most fragile nations in the world — those on the brink of collapse — are in Africa, as are more than half the U.S. embassies that the State Department calls “high risk” and in need of additional Marine security guards.

“They Came To Kill”: Escalating Atrocities in the Central African Republic

Author(s): 
Human Rights Watch
Date Published: 
December 19, 2013

This 43-page report, based on weeks of field research in Ouham province, documents the surge in violence by Christian anti-balaka (“anti-machete”) militias since September 2013. The anti-balaka have killed several hundred Muslims, burned their homes, and stolen their cattle. So-called ex-Seleka forces, former members of the predominantly Muslim rebel alliance that overthrew the government in March, retaliated against Christians with the apparent knowledge of their commanders.

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EU May Send Troops to Central Africa

Published January 17, 2014 by Wall Street Journal
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Amid fears of intensifying religious violence, the European Union is expected to authorize a mission Monday that would send up to 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic, the bloc's first full-fledged military land operation in six years.

Strengthening African Peace Support Operations: Nine Lessons for the Future of the African Standby Force

Author(s): 
Walter Lotze
Date Published: 
December 2, 2013

Over the last decade, African countries, with the support of international partners, have engaged in a collective effort to develop regional capacities for peace support operations. Under the umbrella of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), the African Union (AU), three Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and two Regional Mechanisms (RMs) have worked to develop the African Standby Force (ASF).

U.S. Ambassador Visits Central African Republic Amid Bloodshed

Published December 19, 2013 by The New York Times
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BANGUI, Central African Republic — The American ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, landed in this besieged capital early on Thursday with what she called a blunt and simple message: The United States is watching.

EU to establish C3I system for AU peacekeeping operations

Published December 19, 2013 by defenceWeb
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The European Union (EU) has donated 12.5 million euros to fund the establishment of a Command, Control, Communication and Information (C3I) system to improve the management of African Union led peacekeeping and support operations.

The European Union is using funding from its Africa Peace Facility (APF) fund to pay for the C3I system, which will be implemented in 2014-15.

Analysis: A Mixed Bag of Foreign Peacekeepers to the Rescue?

Published December 16, 2013 by Think Africa Press
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Foreign forces may be CAR's only hope, but international peacekeepers bring with them many risks, and the country's experience with intervention in the past has not all been positive.

Central African Republic peacekeepers save Muslim group from violent crowd

Published December 12, 2013 by The Guardian
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African peacekeepers were forced to intervene in the Central African Republic on Thursday to disperse a crowd waiting to attack a group of Muslims who had taken refuge in a church compound.

Several thousand people stood by on Thursday as a group of men threw large rocks trying to break into the compound of the Saint-Jacques church in Bangui. They were looking for an ex-rebel general they believed to be inside.

Central African Republic violence: US to fly in peacekeepers

Published December 9, 2013 by BBC News
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The US is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic (CAR), officials say.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement.

UNAMID engages Darfur peace partners on a DDPD workshop

Published December 9, 2013 by UNAMID
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More than 20 members of the Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan (JEM/Bashar) are participating this week at a 5-day workshop on the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), sponsored by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Khartoum.

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