African Solutions to (un)African Problems

by ptinti


Since 2003, the African Union has sought to create an African standby force that could respond to crises throughout the continent. 10 years later, no such force exists. In light of the crises in Mali,  South Sudan and the Central African Republic, African leaders are proposing new measures to fill in the gaps in collective African security.

First conceived by the African Union in 2003 under the banner of “African solutions to African problems,” the African Standby Force has been in the works for the better part of a decade. In theory, the force would be comprised of a brigade in each of Africa’s 5 regions, all capable of responding to crises in their respective areas of operation. In practice, the force does not exist.

Original plans called for the African Standby Force, commonly known as the ASF, and its accompanying rapid deployment capabilities, or RDC, to be operational by 2010. After a string of setbacks and delays, the timetable was reset to 2015.

In the meantime, the failure of the African Union and sub-regional bodies to respond to the collapse of Mali in 2012 prompted African leaders to call for the creation of a new framework, dubbed the African Capacity for Immediate Responses to Crises, or…

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