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Title: An Assessment of the Au’s Management of the North African Crises (Arab Spring)
Authors: Attuquayefio, P.
Pwayidi, D.A.
University of Ghana, College of Humanities, Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Keywords: Au’s Management
North African Crises (Arab Spring)
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: The wave of protests that swept across North Africa from December 2010 and came to be known as the Arab Spring surprised not only the leaders of the Arab world but also the rest of the world. The people’ revolution as many called it, brought major transformations in the political set up of some North African countries, specifically, leading to the ousting of some of the world’s most entrenched autocratic leaders, starting with Tunisian Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. In its response to the crises in the various North Africa countries, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union initially declared its support for the legitimate aspirations for democracy by the people of Egypt while denouncing the violation of the human rights of their citizens. Subsequently, after the NATO intervention in Libya, the AU communicated its belief in the sovereignty of states and non- interference in the internal affairs of member states thereby decrying the intervention. These apparently contradicting positions appeared to suggest an organization with floundering motives. Using secondary data, this study examined the implications of the AU’s responses to the Arab spring. It concludes that the floundering responses of the AU to some specific events during the Arab Spring had negative implication for the credibility of the organization.
Description: Thesis(M.A.)-University of Ghana, 2015
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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