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Stepping Up or Backing Down? The African Union and Burundi


As part of its efforts to maintain security on the continent, the African Union needs to prioritise the protection of civilians

The African Union (AU) is not normally known for controversial action against the wishes of African heads of state. Since its birth in 2002, it has appeared consistently to prioritise the protection of presidents over civilians, particularly where opportunities for military intervention and the requirements of international justice are concerned. It recently broke strikingly from this tradition. In late December, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) – the standing organ

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Cathy Haenlein

Director, Organised Crime and Policing

Organised Crime and Policing

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Ewan Lawson

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