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Towards an Effective Africa-EU Partnership on Peace and Security: Rhetoric or Facts?


Peace and security are a key dimension of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, adopted at the Lisbon Summit in December 2007. In view of its revision in 2010, a series of shortcomings and some successes can be identified in relation to four main strategic objectives: enhancing the political dialogue on common threats, building a global security partnership, promoting a people-centred approach, ensuring coordination among instruments and resources. In order to make the new peace and security partnership work, the EU is now called upon to address both external and internal challenges: supporting the development of effective African capabilities for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, promoting better governance and transparency standards on the continent and establishing a common EU Africa policy.

Other version: "Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing a New Africa-EU Partnership: A European Perspective", in Nicoletta Pirozzi (ed.), Ensuring Peace and Security in Africa: Implementing the New Africa-EU Partnership, Roma, Istituto Affari Internazionali, July 2009, p. 28-43 (IAI Quaderni English series ; 17).

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