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The Quest for African Unity: 50 Years of Independence and Interdependence

Publication Date:
January 01, 2011
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As African governments seek to curb conflict, integrate their growing economies and usher in a new era of democratic leadership, most agree the African Union has a critical role to play for the continent. From peacekeeping missions in Sudan and Somalia to regional trade deals with Europe and the U.S., Africa's leaders increasingly call for "African solutions to African problems." What role can the AU play as an incubator for such solutions? Is a United States of Africa on the horizon?


About the Author:

Robert Nolan is editor in chief of new media at the Foreign Policy Association, and producer of Great Decisions in Foreign Policy on PBS.  He has written extensively on issues related to African politics and culture for publications including the Christian Science Monitor, the Vilage Voice, UN Wire and Global Rhythm world music magazine.  A former Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he has interviewed heads of state, foreign ministers, artists, musician and Nobel laureates.