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Policing in Africa: Imperatives to Peacebuilding

Date & Time

May. 15, 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


Join the Wilson Center for a conversation on “Policing in Africa: Imperatives to Peacebuilding,” with, Meressa Kahsu Dessu on May 15, from 2-3pm E.T. (US). 

Police forces in AU member states are all facing challenges, that are reshaping and redefining the purpose and operations of African police organizations. Whether it be in confronting their own historical legacy, facing growing organized criminal networks, or confronting terrorism and violent conflict, African continental policing institutions like AFRIPOL, the African Standby Force, and the AU Peace Support Operations are at a critical juncture where they must navigate complex social contexts, while striving to address the gaps between policing practices and desired standards to maintain order and protect citizens. 

Mr. Meressa Kahsu Dessu will discuss the need for a stronger and more unified continental police organization within the African Union to mitigate ongoing, emerging, and new security challenges across the continent. The conversation will include policy recommendations for AU member states, and regional and international stakeholders to establish stronger mechanisms for continental policing.

Hosted By

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and US-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial US-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in US-Africa relations.    Read more

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