36th AU summit: confronting Africa’s security challenges?
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As African leaders prepare for deliberations at the Thirty-Sixth Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, from 18 to 19 February 2023, a number of issues compete for their attention. The first comprise of global matters with enormous impacts on Africa’s well-being such as the Russian-Ukraine crisis, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the global economic downturn, which has affected many developing economies, They are also grappling with insecurity in Africa following the outbreak of clashes in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a generally precarious security landscape across the various regions of the continent, which is expected to occupy policy attention in 2023. Also crucial are key continental policy issues such as the financing of peace support operations, contestations around the chairship of the Union in 2023, challenges with the reform of the African Union and governance challenges, among others.
- Amb Assoumani Youssouf Mondoha, Ambassador of Comoros to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU (TBC)
- Joseph Atta-Mensah, Principal Policy Adviser, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa
- Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Adviser, International Crisis Group