Can the African Union help bring a culture of peace to Africa?

Here is an excerpt from a review of a book by Kathryn Nash published in 2021 on this subject:

African regional organizations have played leading roles in constructing collective conflict management rules for the continent, but these rules or norms have not been static. Currently, the African Union (AU) deploys monitors, authorizes peace support operations, and actively engages to resolve internal conflicts. . . African peace examines why . . . the AU chose very different norms leading to a disparate conflict management policy in the early 2000s. Even if the AU’s capacity to respond to conflict is still developing, this new policy has made the region more willing and capable of responding to violence. Nash argues that norm creation largely happened within the African context, and international pressure was not a determinant factor in their evolution. The role of regions in the international order, particularly the African region, has been under-theorized and under-acknowledged, and this book adds to an emerging literature that explores the role of regional organizations in the Global South in creating and promoting norms based on their own experiences and for their own purposes.

And here are CPNN articles on this subject:

Africa Climate Summit Issues Nairobi Declaration

Economic Commission of Central African States: First biennial for a culture of peace

Nigeria: Reps Push For ‘Silence The Guns’ Implementation

African Union Office of the Youth Envoy: Winners Announced fo Youth Silencing The Guns Awards

Book review: African peace: Regional norms from the Organization of African Unity to the African Union

New African Union chair President Felix Tshisekedi of DRC sets ambitious agenda for 2021

Ambassadors praise Angola’s efforts for peace in Africa

United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security Holds its Nineteenth Consultative Meeting on 16 October 2020

ECOSOCC / Morocco: Launch of the e-caravan of peace, flagship event of Amnesty Month in Africa

Angola: President’s aide encourages African Union to stick to peaceful conflict resolution

The AU’s role in brokering Sudan deal offers lessons for the future

The 815th meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council: Report of the Commission on Elections in Africa

South Sudan Chapter of African Union Master Plan Roadmap “Practical Steps To Silencing The Guns By 2020”

Continent’s free trade deal a game-changer for Africa

Global community responds to recent positive progress in Ethiopia, Eritrea relations

African Union: Africa’s Peace and Security Landscape by the Year 2023: A Prospective Analysis of Peace and Security Challenges

Challenge of Tackling Terrorism Threat Can Be Achieved through Solidarity, Secretary-General Tells African Union Peace and Security Council

African Union and UN sign Memorandum of Understanding for Peacebuilding

Ivory Coast: UNESCO announces the creation of a school for the Culture of Peace in Yamoussoukro

Burundi agrees to accept African Union human rights monitors

26th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly concludes with gratitude to Ebola fighters and peace as priorities of the continent

Retreat of the Pan-African Network of the Wise

Report on the Global African Diaspora Summit

Launch of the network of journalists for peace and security in Africa