cordially invites you for a
Guest Scholar Lecture on
“African Union and Peace Building”
Dr. Ibrahim Aytac Anli
Secretary General, Abant Platform, Journalists and Writers Foundation, Turkey
Chair: Dr. Mujeeb Alam
Assistant Professor, MMAJ Academy of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia
on Monday, 8th December, 2014
at 16:00 pm
Venue: M-207, Greater Kailash 2
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Contact: Mr. A. Azizov 9810526705
Concept Note: The African Union (AU) is a union consisting of 54 African states. The only African state that is not a member is Morocco. The AU was established on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa to replace the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The most important decisions of the AU are made by the Assembly of the African Union, a semi-annual meeting of the heads of state and government of its member states. The AU’s secretariat, the African Union Commission, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
One of the objectives of the AU is to “promote peace, security, and stability on the continent”. Among its principles is ‘Peaceful resolution of conflicts among Member States of the Union through such appropriate means as may be decided upon by the Assembly’. The primary body charged with implementing these objectives and principles is the Peace and Security Council. The PSC has the power, among other things, to authorise peace support missions, to impose sanctions in case of unconstitutional change of government, and to “take initiatives and action it deems appropriate” in response to potential or actual conflicts. The Peace and Security Council is a decision-making body in its own right, and its decisions are binding on member states.
About the speaker: Dr. Ibrahim Aytac Anli is Secretary General of Abant Platform which is a wing organization of the Journalists and Writers Foundation. Foundation is a highly influential non-governmental and non-political organization in Turkey. Dr. Anli has been actively promoting inter-faith dialogue in many parts of the world. Dr Anli received his PhD in International Relations at Turgut Özal University. He has worked at the Rumi Forum in Washington DC and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For more information, please visit www.abantplatform.org and www.gyv.org.tr.