The role and place of the African Standby Force within the African Peace and Security Architecture

"This paper seeks to highlight the importance and place of the ASF within the APSA and critically examines the potential of the ASF and the challenges facing it as one of the most important mechanisms for the AU’s strategic response to conflicts. It is argued that as much as the activities aimed at operationalising the ASF prepare the ASF for its role as the most important tool for realising the historical promises of the AU to ordinary Africans as encapsulated, among others, by Article 4(h) of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, they also reveal the enormous challenges that would militate against the realisation of its full potential."