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Journal of African Union Studies (JoAUS)
Published Since: 2012
Publishing Discontinued: Published regularly
Publication Frequency: Tri-annually.It is currently listed in the EBSCO, J-Gate, ProQuest, Sabinet database and accredited by IBSS.

Political leaders accumulate and distribute power, resources, access and influence in a state. As African countries democratised in the recent past, new leaders and different styles of leadership emerged. In some instances, references were made of a leadership Renaissance on the continent. Despite these democratic gains, some political leaders have been able to maintain and further entrench their positions whilst establishing vast neo-patrimonial networks. This, and instances of electoral authoritarianism, question the quality of democracy on the continent, and, therefore, also the socio-economic development of their societies. Apart from formal political leaders such as Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings, informal political leaders are also active political actors in Africa. Leaders of militias, rebel groups and other nongovernmental organisations wield considerable political power in some African states. It is again............

 The African Union (AU) has firmly dedicated itself towards Agenda 2063 and acknowledged that a fundamental paradigm shift is required to seize upon the momentum en route towards 2063. AU policymakers acknowledge that “in order to achieve the African Union’s vision of ‘An Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’, significantly more action is still required on a number of fronts”. In their 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), while acknowledging past successes and challenges, rededicated themselves to the continent’s accelerated development and technological progress. They laid down vision and eight ideals to serve as pillars for the continent in the foreseeable future, which Agenda 2063 will translate into concrete objectives, milestones, goals, targets and actions/measures. Agenda 2063 strives to enab............

 This special edition is dedicated to the rising African maritime security landscape that served to not only draw international attention to piracy, but to the wider ambit of maritime security off Africa and on the world’s oceans in general. While piracy became the primary focus of decision-makers and a defining threat to safety and security at sea off Africa’s eastern shorelines in particular, several other threats coexist with the salient piracy threat. From a threat perspective, piracy surely dominates the African maritime security agenda, but when one views the response spectrum the measures to fight piracy it reflects an extensive response ladder that includes international organisations, regional and sub-regional actors such as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the South African Development Community at the sub-regional level. At the state level several countries independently deployed (and still do) naval vessels off the Horn of Afri............

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