Short Course: The African Union and Regional Economic Communities in International Relations

28 February, 2021

The short course on the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in International Relations will introduce participants to the institutions’ mechanics of conducting international relations.

The Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the AU, was created in the 1960s to facilitate African states’ liberation through decolonization. By the 1990s the OAU had outlived its significance with the end of political colonization on the continent. The 1990s and post-Cold War era forced African states to critically revisit the foundations of pan-Africanism, which led to the transformation of the OAU to the AU in response to globalization. The Constitutive Act of the AU was adopted in 2000 by the continent’s heads of state, who professed to nurture a transformative Africa whose citizens enjoy quantitative and qualitative forms of progress and well-being. The AU is driven by the pan-African vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”1 which drives its foreign affairs agenda continentally and globally.

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