The African Union’s Coercive Diplomacy in Burundi

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The Current Analyst has been arguing in favour of early action. The urge emanates from the believe that a major gap in conflict prevention in Africa has been the unnecessary focus on the technicalities, both at policy and institutional levels, of “Early Warning”. A lot of money and energy has been spent on “Early Warning” in the last two decades but there has never been a qualitative change in Africa’s response to crisis situations. “Early Warning” is meaningless without “Early Action”. The need for early action in Burundi is as controversial as it is immense.

The AU seems to have decided to launch MAPROBU without the consent of the Burundian government, in which case it would constitute a humanitarian military intervention. There is considerable debate in international law as to whether such interventions are legal. Download full article by Paul D Williams


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