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26th AU Summit: the need-to-know
25 January 2016

Africa watchers are zooming in on Addis Ababa this week as the much-discussed 26th African Union (AU) Summit gets underway.

Developments at the summit will have a definitive impact on the continent’s peace and security prospects, and the Institute for Security Studies’ PSC Report will be on the ground to keep track of the key issues and provide up-to-the-minute analysis.

Get the low-down online

Every day this week, the PSC Report will publish insights from ISS experts, with topics including crucial elections within the AU, the African Peace and Security Architecture roadmap, women’s rights and the threat of terrorism.

Catch up with us in Addis

The ISS will be hosting two events at the Sheraton hotel in Addis Ababa on Wednesday 27 January. The AU has declared 2016 the year of Human Rights in Africa, with a focus on the rights of women. In keeping with this theme, we’re launching two reports on Wednesday morning that offer rare insight into the tough and extraordinary lives of DRC combatants’ spouses, who often follow their husbands into conflict.

Click here to download the reports:

Tough decisions at this year's AU Summit is the title of our second seminar, where discussions will cover the potential deployment of an AU peacekeeping force to Burundi and the election of new PSC members.

Join us on Twitter

For live updates, follow the PSC Report on Twitter: @PSCReport

Talk to our experts

International criminal justice, counter-terrorism
Anton du Plessis |; +27 78 781 3619 

Migration, international criminal justice
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze |; +27 82 588 9755

Gender, women’s rights
Romi Sigsworth |; +27 83 257 2582

AU Summit, AU PSC, AU Commission elections
Liesl Louw-Vaudran |; +27 82 776 6874

Burundi, DRC, AU Summit
Stephanie Wolters |; +27 72 433 4808

African Standby Force, Peacekeeping, African Peace and Security Architecture
Annette Leijenaar |; +27 82 908 1877
Gustavo de Carvalho |; +27 794 257848 

For more information, contact:

Jacqui Cochrane, ISS communication: +27 82 586 0602,

About the Institute for Security Studies

The ISS is an African organisation that aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance.