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Press Release: AU Summit May 2013
22 May 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From 19-27 May 2013 the African Union (AU) will be convening its 21st Summit at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa. Under the theme ‘Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance’, this summit will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the OAU and AU.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) will be represented at this special AU summit by a team of senior staff members who are available to discuss issues related to the meetings, their outcomes and the celebrations. Their contact details are provided below.

The ISS will also be hosting a breakfast briefing on ‘The future of peace support operations in Africa’ on 23 May in Addis Ababa that will reflect on past experiences and assess future developments in the field of peace and security in Africa. The recently released ISS Paper on ‘The future of intrastate conflict in Africa: More violence or greater peace?’ will also be launched at the briefing. The paper analyses future trends for intrastate conflict in Africa up to 2050 using the International Futures (IFs) model and concludes that large-scale violence can be expected to continue its steady decline, although the risk of instability and violence is likely to persist, and even increase in some instances.

For inquiries and interviews please contact any of the following ISS representatives:

  • Dr Paul-Simon Handy, Head, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division: +251 923-798-619 or phandy@issafrica.org
  • Dr Solomon Ayele Dersso, Senior Researcher, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division: +251 910-426-974 or sayelederssoa@issafrica.org
  • Dr Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Senior Researcher, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division: +251 920-039-921 or lbenoni@issafrica.org
  • Hallelujah Lulie, Researcher, Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division: +251 911-673-263 or hlulie@issafrica.org

 ISS will be providing regular social media updates on all ISS social media platforms during the summit, with the twitter hash tag: #AUSummit.

About the ISS:

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is a pan-African organisation that works to enhance human security in Africa. ISS undertakes applied policy research and provides teaching, training and technical assistance to practitioners working on security related issues in government and civil society. The Institute is head quartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal.

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