The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017

dc.contributor.advisorAkokpari, John
dc.contributor.authorvan Der Merwe, Reon Carel Aron
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-23T12:33:05Z
dc.date.available2023-02-23T12:33:05Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.date.updated2023-02-21T07:26:27Z
dc.description.abstractThis thesis assesses the effectiveness of the African Union as a pro-human security actor in conflict. It employs a case study approach using the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) from 2007-2017 to examine the extent to which the AU has helped, hindered or harmed human security through its interventions. A critical human security lens is used to unpack the organisation's efficacy in anticipating, mitigating and responding to both direct and indirect forms of violence faced by civilians. This study relies primarily on secondary qualitative data sources including policy documents, mission reports and interviews with Somali civilians, government officials and ex-combatants. The data shows that AMISOM experienced mixed results in its ability to proactively account for and respond to the human security needs of Somali citizens. This is due to several factors, including its overreliance on third party forces, inconsistent access to resources to match extensive mandates and the organisation's propensity toward state-centric forms of interventionism. The study finds that in some cases AMISOM was able to evolve and adapt to minimise its own direct contributions to human insecurity over time. However, the AU-led mission remained largely reactive and in some cases enabled, indirect drivers of insecurity facing Somali citizens.
dc.identifier.apacitationvan Der Merwe, R. C. A. (2022). <i>The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017</i>. (). ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37047en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationvan Der Merwe, Reon Carel Aron. <i>"The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017."</i> ., ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2022. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37047en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationvan Der Merwe, R.C.A. 2022. The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017. . ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37047en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Master Thesis AU - van Der Merwe, Reon Carel Aron AB - This thesis assesses the effectiveness of the African Union as a pro-human security actor in conflict. It employs a case study approach using the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) from 2007-2017 to examine the extent to which the AU has helped, hindered or harmed human security through its interventions. A critical human security lens is used to unpack the organisation's efficacy in anticipating, mitigating and responding to both direct and indirect forms of violence faced by civilians. This study relies primarily on secondary qualitative data sources including policy documents, mission reports and interviews with Somali civilians, government officials and ex-combatants. The data shows that AMISOM experienced mixed results in its ability to proactively account for and respond to the human security needs of Somali citizens. This is due to several factors, including its overreliance on third party forces, inconsistent access to resources to match extensive mandates and the organisation's propensity toward state-centric forms of interventionism. The study finds that in some cases AMISOM was able to evolve and adapt to minimise its own direct contributions to human insecurity over time. However, the AU-led mission remained largely reactive and in some cases enabled, indirect drivers of insecurity facing Somali citizens. DA - 2022_ DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - International Relations LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PY - 2022 T1 - The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017 TI - The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017 UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37047 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/37047
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationvan Der Merwe RCA. The African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017. []. ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Political Studies, 2022 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/37047en_ZA
dc.language.rfc3066eng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Political Studies
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanities
dc.subjectInternational Relations
dc.titleThe African Union as a human security actor: a study of the AU mission to Somalia (Amisom) from 2007-2017
dc.typeMaster Thesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters
dc.type.qualificationlevelMSocSci
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