IFS Info no. 1/2006
Title: Peace and Security in Africa. Basic Structural Changes in the Governance of Peace and Security on the African Continent
Author: Edward Shalala
Basic Structural Changes in the Governance of Peace and Security on the African Continent
Four major initiatives to restructure the governance of Africa were launched between 2000 and 2004; the Constitutive Act of the African Union (CAAU), the Protocol leading to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and The Memorandum of Understanding on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA). In this study Edward Shalala argues that these initiatives reflect a new positive development in the African continent concerning peace and security architecture. This concurs with increasing interest from the Western countries in helping to solve the continents problems. Is this a sign that Africa, and its security relationship with the West, is moving in the right direction?
During 2004 and 2005 Edward Shalala was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies in Oslo, Norway. He has previously done work for the South African Constitutional Assembly, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the African National Congress. Amongst other activities, he has been involved with a number of public policy formulation processes in post-Apartheid South Africa.