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Vol 57 No 3

Published 5th February 2016


Intervention that never was

It was widely believed the AU could send a force to help bring peace to Burundi but the illusion shattered when the AU met in Addis Ababa 

Between 17 December, when the African Union Commission decided to intervene in Burundi, and 31 January, when the AU summiteers in Ethiopia went home, the prospect of an unprecedented African military intervention in a member country with the aim of preventing mass slaughter had vanished. Diplomats and delegates at the summit have enabled Africa Confidential to reconstruct how expectations of intervention became exaggerated and how some AU officials may have exceeded their authority.

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