Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: African Union peacekeeping and civilian protection : an evaluation of the EU strategy for Africa and the G8/Africa Joint Plan
Author: Ramsbotham, Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0000 3821 948X
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2011
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
Global demand for peacekeeping is growing, especially in Africa. The United Nations has traditionally been at the forefront of developing peacekeeping theory and practice, and remains the primary operational agency for peacekeeping in Africa. But increasing emphasis is being placed on the African Union to assume greater responsibility for peacekeeping on the continent. The AU is still comparatively new and is in the process of developing its peace and security architecture. Over the past decade, the international community has been supporting African peacekeeping, both to build AU capacity and to provide direct operational support. In 2005 the international community agreed a collective 'responsibility to protect' vulnerable civilians threatened by gross violations of their human rights. And civilian protection is increasingly included in the mandates of peacekeeping missions. Within the context of contemporary complex, multidimensional peacekeeping ('peace support'), civilian protection is not an exclusive operational objective, but is rather one of a number of mandated tasks aimed at establishing more sustainable security as part of a broader peacebuilding goal. The AU has embraced the responsibility to protect principle, adopting a constitutional commitment to protect the rights of vulnerable civilians, including through peacekeeping interventions if necessary. But how capable is the AU in practice to deliver effective peacekeeping to protect civilians? And how appropriate is international support to help realise this ambition?
Supervisor: Not given Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Peacekeeping ; Civilian protection ; African Union ; United Nations ; Great Britain (GB) ; European Union (EU) ; G8/Africa Joint Plan ; Human rights violations ; Security ; International support