NAIROBI, Kenya -- Three years after the African Union began planning to establish a robust African Standby Force for peacekeeping missions, progress continues despite funding challenges and the reality check of a difficult AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan. Although the AU force has proved impotent in Sudan, many are calling for the organization to take a greater role in peacekeeping across Africa. As the threat of a regional war in Somalia escalates, for example, calls for AU peacekeepers to be deployed there have grown.

African Peacekeeping Force Development Continues Despite Funding Challenges

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Three years after the African Union began planning to establish a robust African Standby Force for peacekeeping missions, progress continues despite funding challenges and the reality check of a difficult AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

The AU peacekeeping mission deployed in Sudan's troubled Darfur region has failed to prevent violence against civilians, and that conflict has now spread into neighboring Chad and the Central African Republic. ...

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