As the AU Turns 20, It Resumes Its Search for ‘African Solutions to African Problems’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is greeted at the opening session of the 33rd AU Summit, where he handed over chairmanship of the bloc to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 9, 2020 (AP photo).
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is greeted at the opening session of the 33rd AU Summit, where he handed over chairmanship of the bloc to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Feb. 9, 2020 (AP photo).
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Last weekend, the African Union hosted two summits in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, aimed at tackling Africa’s humanitarian and political crises. The events were scheduled ahead of the 20th anniversary of the continental bloc’s establishment in July. The first, held on Friday, May 27, was a humanitarian summit and pledging conference examining the root causes of the continent’s humanitarian crises, while the other, on May 28, was centered on terrorism and unconstitutional changes of government as drivers of instability. The gatherings sought to identify long-lasting solutions to the many humanitarian and political challenges across the continent, with special emphasis on financing, post-conflict recovery, […]

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