Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783607082 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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The Future of African Peace Operations

From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram

Edited by Cedric de Coning, Linnéa Gelot, and John Karlsrud

The Future of African Peace Operations

Edited by Cedric de Coning, Linnéa Gelot, and John Karlsrud

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781783607082 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607099 Published April 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Increasingly, African leaders have been making greater efforts to safeguard the peace and stability of their nations. With threats ranging from Islamist insurgencies to an Ebola pandemic, the realities of protecting their citizens within these complex conflict zones have revealed a widening divide between the theory and practice of peacekeeping in Africa.
The Future of African Peace Operations provides the first—and long overdue—comprehensive overview and analysis of peacekeeping efforts in Africa. With the African Union’s newly created African Standby Force becoming fully operational in 2015, this timely study argues that governmental response to these challenges will require a unique and distinctively African model of peacekeeping, as well as a radical revision of the current security framework. Analyzing high-profile case studies, such as the operations against Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab, this book contains practical insights from both academics and practitioners and will be a vital resource for policy makers, researchers, and anyone seeking insights into the immense security challenges that Africa faces today.
Abbreviations and acronyms

1. Towards an African model of peace operations
Cedric de Coning, Linnéa Gelot and John Karlsrud 

2. Confronting hybrid threats in Africa: improving multidimensional responses
Kwesi Aning and Mustapha Abdallah

3. Stabilization missions and mandates in African peace operations: implications for the ASF?
Solomon A. Dersso

4. The relationship between the AU and the RECs/RMs in relation to peace and Security in Africa: subsidiarity and inevitable common destiny
Michelle Ndiaye

5. The strategic relationship between the African Union and its partners
Linda Darkwa

6. Mission support for African peace operations
Walter Lotze

7. United in challenges? The African Standby Force and the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises
Jide Martyns Okeke

8. What roles for the civilian and police dimensions in African peace operations
Yvonne Akpasom

9. Adapting the African Standby Force to a just-in-time readiness model: improved alignment with the emerging African model of peace operations
Cedric de Coning

10. African peace operations: trends and future scenarios, conclusions and recommendations,
Cedric de Coning, Linnéa Gelot and John Karlsrud

About the Contributors
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
“The first book to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of African peace operations, The Future of African Peace Operations: From Janjaweed to Boko Haram is a timely contribution particularly for those already familiar with the larger history of African peacekeeping.”
Academic Council on the United Nations System
“For policymakers in both international organizations and national institutions . . . the book is a valuable addition to the contemporary discourse.”
International Affairs
One of the first and most successful attempts to give a complete overview of African peace operations today and what they will look like in the future.”
Maj Gen (ret) Patrick Cammaert, former military adviser and force commander, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations
“The contributors to this outstanding volume provide interesting views from a wide angle on the future of peace operations in Africa. This book provides policy makers and practitioners on the various political, security and humanitarian levels excellent food for thought and discussion.”
Thierry Tardy, senior analyst, EU Institute for Security Studies
“A much-needed comprehensive overview of the emergence of an African model of peace operations. It brings together leading African experts who offer a frank analysis of recent developments in African security institutions and policy responses.”
Dan Smith, director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
“With a formidable, multinational group of authors, this book charts the political, policy and practical nuances of the task as Africans takes charge of building peace in Africa. This is a very welcome and timely aid to our understanding of these issues.”
Alex de Waal, executive director of The World Peace Foundation, and author of Darfur: A Short History of a Long War
“The African Union is taking an ever-larger role in peace operations on the continent. How are they to be financed? And how do the African Union, the United Nations, and Africa’s regional economic communities relate to one another? This invaluable and timely book charts the complex challenges faced by African peace operations today.”
Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, director, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, and member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations
“This book is a welcome and timely addition to the literature and discourse on Africa’s future in the world of peace operations, and it is hoped that it would positively impact the shape and design of Africa’s peace operations in the near future.”
Thomas Mandrup, Royal Danish Defence College and Stellenbosch University
“An important book. It puts a much needed focus on the changing nature and role of African peace operations, and is a must-read for academics, practitioners and students working with issues related to African security.”
Ian Martin, executive director of security council report, and member of the UN High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations
“This close examination of current issues in African peace operations is a major contribution to the debate within African institutions themselves; it is most timely for the UN as it seeks to reflect in its practice a new level of understanding of the need for strategic coherence with partnerships in Africa and elsewhere.”
Jane Boulden, Queen’s University Canada
“This book provides a rare combination of well-researched informative analysis with clear policy recommendations. Clear and current, the book will be of use to practitioners, researchers, and students.”
Lt Gen Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, former Force Commander of the United Nations mission in the DRC
“Essential for understanding the history and complexity of peacekeeping on the continent and the human dimensions of the problems involved.”
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo
“This book argues that African peace operations have come of age, and it sets the stage for considering what the strategic options are for peacekeeping in Africa in the coming decade. I will highly recommend it to all scholars and practitioners working on African peace and security issues.”
The Round Table
“The chapters show a deep knowledge of the intricate architecture within and between organisations charged with peace and security. . . . This book is accessible, timely, and highly recommended.”
Norrie MacQueen, University of St Andrews
“From its outset the peacekeeping project has found its greatest challenges in Africa. This collection, written for the most part by African researchers with frontline knowledge, and offering clear and practical proposals, should be warmly welcomed by those in positions to shape policy in Africa and beyond.”
Paul D. Williams, George Washington University
“The editors have assembled a highly qualified team of African analysts and practitioners to shed considerable light on an important question: how effective is the emerging ‘African model’ of stabilization operations?”
South African Journal of International Affairs
The Future of African Peace Operations presents informative analysis and frontline thinking by leading experts in a well-written and well-structured volume. . . . Strongly recommended for academics, students, practitioners, and policymakers.”
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