African Union’s Shortcomings Limit African Solutions

The African Union wants to be taken seriously. Its leaders seek the same respect accorded to its Western counterparts, particularly the European Union. And how better to earn that respect than to show that Africa can take care of its own?

Hence the ASFAP doctrine -- African Solutions for African Problems. As expressions of political egos go, the doctrine is a macho response to the bullies of the West. More broadly, it is meant to show the world that Africa is mature enough to unite and rally together.

The Government of National Unity cobbled together in Kenya after the deadly post-election violence in early 2008 was the test case for the doctrine and the recently installed coalition government in Zimbabwe is supposed to be its poster child.

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