Tag: African Standby Force

Waiting for the African Standby Force: another aborted start in Kingali?

Recent commitments made by ten African nations to contribute toward the creation of an Eastern Africa Standby Force with the help of the African Union have raised a series of important questions that have yet to be addressed. In particular, what has actually been promised?; how often was it promised before?; and why would one expect the pledges now to become reality?

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Operation Barkhane: A Show of Force and Political Games in the Sahel-Sahara

In July 2014, French President François Hollande launched Operation Barkhane; a counter-terrorism effort targeting terrorist groups in Sahel countries. This new mission is the continuation of Operation Serval launched in January 2013. This new operation shows continuity in France’s defence policy, as well as the country’s need to maintain its political influence in Africa by enhancing military operational capacities.

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