The Development of African Regional Peace and Security Norms and Their Contribution to International Norms
- The Development of African Regional Peace and Security Norms and Their Contribution to International Norms
- Speaker: Kathryn Nash # University of Edinburgh
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- Date and Time
- 20th Feb 2019 16:10 - 20th Feb 2019 17:30
- Seminar rooms 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
Africa has played a leading role in constructing collective conflict management rules for the continent. However, these rules or norms have not been static. Currently, African regional and sub-regional institutions deploy monitors, authorize peacekeeping forces, and actively engage to resolve internal conflicts. Just a few decades ago these actions would have been unthinkable.
When it comes to African regional norms, the debate tends to focus on the regional and sub-regional organizations reacting to international pressures or evading progressive international norms. In contrast, this presentation demonstrates the agency of African regional institutions to shape regional peace and security norms and policies and then explores the contribute of regional norms to the construction of international norms. It argues that far from bowing to international pressure to adopt certain peace and security norms, norm creation largely happened within the African context, and international pressure was not a determinant factor.