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Vol 50 No 25

Published 18th December 2009

A new regional peace effort

Amid formidable diplomatic obstacles in a troubled region, East African armies are building a new intervention force

In early December, 1,087 soldiers from eleven east African countries convened in Djibouti for a test run of the region’s first rapid reaction military force. The East African Standby Brigade (Easbrig) will be joined by four others – southern, central, western and northern. The aim is to have a combined African standby capacity of 20,000 troops. East Africa is full of flashpoints. Officers cited Kenya’s 2012 elections, Sudan’s 2011 referendums, Eritrean-Ethiopian belligerence and Somalia’s ongoing crisis as markers of potential danger.

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