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Vol 65 No 5

Published 29th February 2024

Regional fights hold back the union project

Ramping up its international role, the African Union is still struggling to respond to the continent's conflicts

Joining the G20 and signing a new cooperation deal on peacekeeping missions with the UN, the African Union is expanding its footprint in the international system. But its summit in Addis Ababa on 17-18 February showcased its political contradictions and its lack of strategic independence. It is far from self-funding and many member states are still in heavy arrears of levies owed to the AU headquarters.

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