African Union Intervention Could Do More Harm Than Good in Burundi

A Burundian soldier on a deserted street, Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov. 8, 2015 (AP photo).
A Burundian soldier on a deserted street, Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov. 8, 2015 (AP photo).

Last month, on Dec. 17, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council adopted a communiqué that threatened to launch a military intervention in Burundi after violence escalated considerably in the country. If it is deployed, the mission would represent a historical echo of the AU’s very first peacekeeping operation, launched in 2003 to implement a fragile cease-fire agreement in Burundi, where a long civil war was then drawing to a close. The nearly 3,000 soldiers from South Africa, Mozambique and Ethiopia that made up the AU’s mission to Burundi stayed in the country for a year, handing off to a […]

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