Merging Peace and Politics: Drivers, Dilemmas and Options for the AU’s new Governance Setup

Improving global governance
Posted Jul 06, 2021 | ECDPM, Martin Ronceray, Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw, Ueli Staege

The merger of the Department of Peace and Security and the Department of Political Affairs of the Commission of the African Union (AU) is a major feature in the AU’s reform efforts. In this ECDPM paper, Martin Ronceray, Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw and Ueli Staege discuss three scenarios of how the African governance architecture (AGA) might fare under the merger. Arguing that a stronger AGA is desirable, they analyse how different drivers of the security-governance merger - such as institutional complexity, ambivalent conceptions of governance, a clash between ‘non-indifference’ to suffering and sovereignty, AU leadership and international partners – collectively create a situation where the governance agenda risks being sidelined by the AU’s peace and security activities.


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