WPF is honored to have our report, ‘African Politics, African Peace,’ on the African Union’s role in mediating conflict, mentioned in an address by former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, on 12 October 2021, before the UN Security Council. Below is the text of his speech, “Peacebuilding and sustainable peace: diversity, statebuilding […]Continue Reading →
To end a war, enemies have to talk. Even if they start off refusing to meet each other face to face, they can speak to a mediator. Skilled mediators gain trust with the warring leaders and then use that rapport to encourage those leaders to open direct negotiations. Every peacemaker’s memoir describes how such personal […]Continue Reading →
African leaders promised to “silence the guns” by 2020. Today, it is Africa’s voice for peace that is silent.
Just two decades ago, when the G7 leaders assembled, it was standard for Africa to be on the agenda, represented by an African leader who was forging a new partnership between a democratizing and developing continent […]Continue Reading →
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who has so far resisted offers of mediation in the war in Tigray and entreaties to investigate growing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity associated with it, pulled a surprise when he addressed the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) on […]Continue Reading →
This 11th of July marks-the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the political and socioeconomic situation in Africa and the fundamental changes taking place in the world. Adopted by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, the Declaration has been the bedrock of many of Africa’s normative and policy advances over the past three decadesContinue Reading →
On 11 April 2019, the Sudanese army announced the overthrow of the government of President Omar Hansen Al Bashir. It also declared the suspension of the constitution and the parliament and the establishment of a transitional military council that plans to govern the country for a period of two years. African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, […]Continue Reading →
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