Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (II) : Southern Africa

"The gridlock in SADC’s peace and security architecture is related more to political will than merely structural and resource capacity. Member states have exhibited a desire to preserve their right to manage internal political processes and only open up to SADC at their convenience. Accountability within the regional bloc has therefore been limited. SADC member states have shown more willingness for economic than political cooperation. However, the bottlenecks in peace and security development are now restraining economic integration. A collective approach requires genuine commitment to harmonise national policies at the regional level."