Countering terrorism in Africa: A critique of the African Union's approach and effectiveness

Isaac Mensah

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This thesis critiques the approach of the African Union (AU) to countering terrorism. Drawing on New Regionalism and Critical Terrorism Studies, the qualitative study involved interpretive analysis of primary sources including public AU documents and research interviews with key Africa-based counterterrorism experts and security policy practitioners. It argues that the AU is ineffective in preventing terrorist attacks and protecting civilians, and in addressing underlying socio-political drivers of terrorism in Africa. The analysis argues that the AU’s approach fails to adequately conceptualise the problem, is unable to mobilise sufficient political and material resources and struggles to control its own agenda.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Mickler, David, Supervisor
  • Yasmeen, Samina, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date19 Feb 2021
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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