The African Union should revisit its admission criteria

Babatunde Fagbayibo, University of South Africa Morocco’s admission to the African Union (AU) was a mistake. In one move, the AU squandered a chance to discourage the north African state’s aggression against Western Sahara. It also showed how the body struggles to enforce the implementation of its own standards and directives. Morocco easily met the …

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African Union merges science & education bodies

By Mićo Tatalović The African Union has merged its ministerial bodies on science and education with the aim of providing better advice to governments, it was announced last week. The move has resulted in the dissolution of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology, and the creation of a new body, the Specialised Technical …

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Al-Bashir’s escape: why the African Union defies the ICC

Luke Moffett, Queen’s University Belfast After days of wrangling to try and have him arrested the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, has left South Africa before a court there could decide whether to arrest him. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been trying for years to have al-Bashir apprehended since charging him with the commission of …

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Why a great deal hangs on al-Bashir’s fate in South Africa

Gilbert M. Khadiagala, University of the Witwatersrand Nobody anticipated that the June 2015 African Union (AU) summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, would be gripped by the drama of threats to arrest Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. In 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) indicted al-Bashir for war crimes committed in the conflict in Darfur. The war led …

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The African Union lacks a coherent plan to fight terrorism

Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg Terrorism is on the increase in Africa. Between 1995 and 2001, the continent was the fifth most-targeted region after Latin America, Western Europe, Asia and the Middle East for acts of terrorism. Since then things have taken a sharp turn for the worse. In West Africa, terrorist activities have intensified …

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