Consolidating African and EU assessments in view of the implementation of the Partnership on Peace and Security

Ahead of the third Africa-EU Summit taking place from 29-30 November in Libya, this study consolidates African and EU assessments for the implementation of the Partnership on Peace and Security. The first part of the study is dedicated to the assessment of progress achieved so far in the three priority actions of the Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security: a) political dialogue; b) operationalisation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA); c) funding. The analysis revealed an enhanced political dialogue between the EU and the AU, even if structures and mechanisms need to be improved. The second part of the study is focused on the investigation of the European support to African peace and security, taking into account funding provided by both EU institutions and Member States as well as possible future cooperation among the EU, the African Union and the United Nations. The third and final part offers an overall analysis of current and future priorities for the major actors involved in the Partnership on Peace and Security. In particular, some conceptual and policy inputs on how to foster the future implementation of the Partnership and on how to reconcile bilateral and multilateral dynamics, on both the African and European sides, are put forward.

A project implemented by the Istituto affari internazionali (IAI) and funded by the European Union. Study based on the background research and the outcomes of the Conference on "Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: implementing the new Africa-EU Partnership and developing cooperation in de-mining and disarmament", held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome on October 7-9, 2009.

Roma, IAI, November 2010, 66 p.
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1. Description of the study
1.1 Objectives
1.2 Content
1.3 Methodology and activities

Part I. Achievements of AU and RECs in the framework of the Partnership on Peace and Security
Priority I: Political dialogue
Priority II: Operationalisation of APSA
      a) Peace and Security Council
      b) Military Staff Committee
      c) Continental Early Warning System
      d) African Stand-by Force
      e) Panel of the Wise
Priority III: Funding
The role of RECs/RMs

Part II. Allocation of funds and technical cooperation by the EU, EU member states and the UN
African Peace Facility and other financial resources allocated by the EU
Financial and technical support by EU member states
UN support to the AU

Part III. Enhancing the Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security
Going beyond APSA
Developing a Joint Africa-EU Roadmap 2020
Enhancing EU strategic thinking
Coordinating bilateral initiatives in the framework of the Partnership
Establishing an EU-AU-UN Triangular Dialogue
Involving civil society

Annex I. List of references
Annex II. List of interviews

Research area