Title of paper

Regional Integration to Build Peace: Roles, Challenges and Prospects of the Eastern Africa Standby Force

Presenter's country

Ethiopia

Start Date

27-5-2016 11:25 AM

End Date

27-5-2016 12:30 PM

Location

Hall II

Submission type

Presentation

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the roles, challenges and prospects of Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) in the maintenance of peace and security in the Eastern Africa. To achieve this objective, the researcher used a qualitative approach with primary and secondary instruments of data collection. Findings of the study show that EASF has limited role in maintaining peace and security in the region. It has played only some supportive roles to the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peace support missions. This minimal role is due to hegemonic competition between Ethiopia and Kenya, the prevalence of several interstate and intrastate conflicts in the region, duplication of regional organizations having overlapping membership, absence of strong legal basis, lack of adequate finance, and cultural diversity. Notwithstanding those challenges, EASF has a good future prospect as can be observed from its current activities. Accordingly, it has been conducting pre-deployment joint trainings and field exercises. For more successful future operation of the force, however, the study suggests cooperation among member states, developing strong commitment of member states to contribute force, finance and logistics as well as standardizing training and doctrines so as to create effective multinational forces.

Keywords

Eastern Africa, Force, Peace, Security

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May 27th, 11:25 AM May 27th, 12:30 PM

Regional Integration to Build Peace: Roles, Challenges and Prospects of the Eastern Africa Standby Force

Hall II

The purpose of this paper is to examine the roles, challenges and prospects of Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) in the maintenance of peace and security in the Eastern Africa. To achieve this objective, the researcher used a qualitative approach with primary and secondary instruments of data collection. Findings of the study show that EASF has limited role in maintaining peace and security in the region. It has played only some supportive roles to the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peace support missions. This minimal role is due to hegemonic competition between Ethiopia and Kenya, the prevalence of several interstate and intrastate conflicts in the region, duplication of regional organizations having overlapping membership, absence of strong legal basis, lack of adequate finance, and cultural diversity. Notwithstanding those challenges, EASF has a good future prospect as can be observed from its current activities. Accordingly, it has been conducting pre-deployment joint trainings and field exercises. For more successful future operation of the force, however, the study suggests cooperation among member states, developing strong commitment of member states to contribute force, finance and logistics as well as standardizing training and doctrines so as to create effective multinational forces.