This issue comprises several articles which are as follows: 1)From Peacekeeping to Peace Operations 2)The Civilian Dimensions of the African Standy-by Force System 3) Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Power Tools in Peacekeeping Missions 4)Towards a Comprehensive Self-sufficient African Peace Operation Capacity: Fact or Fiction? 5) From Peacekeeping to Peace Building: Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa.