Talk Africa: Peacekeeping in Africa

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The United Nations Security Council held an open debate this week on strengthening peace and security operations in Africa.

Under China’s presidency this month, the issue has been given renewed focus, particularly the devastating effects of prolonged armed conflicts and terrorism on the continent.

The UNSC is now mobilizing the international community to assist the African Union and individual African countries to boost their capacity to maintain peace.

China’s support for the UN’s peace and security mechanisms has on the other hand increased over the years.

Back in 2015, President Xi Jinping pledged to increase funding and the number of troops China would contribute to peacekeeping efforts, including an 8,000-strong standby force.

On this week’s Talk Africa, Beatrice Marshall explores the changing dynamics and need to strengthen peacekeeping operations.

This week’s guests are:

Boaz Mbaya- Executive Director, Centre for Policy Analysis

Xu Qinduo- Senior Fellow, Pangoal Institution

Meressa Dessu- Senior Researcher & Training Coordinator for Peace and Peace Building, Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa