The institutions and policies of the Organization of African Unity
in African peace
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After the signing of the Charter, the Organization of African Unity needed to create institutions and policies that reflected the organization’s principles. The organizational principles were reflected in OAU norms of prioritizing state security, protecting sovereignty and territoriality, and promoting regional primacy. This chapter discusses four critical peace and security institutions within the OAU, and shows how the treatment and policies of these early institutions supported OAU norms. The institutions that were most robust within the OAU were the Liberation Committee and the Africa Group at the United Nations, while other institutions, such as the Commission of Mediation, Conciliation, and Arbitration and the Defense Commission, were never fully functioning.

African peace

Regional norms from the Organization of African Unity to the African Union

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