The Organization of African Unity After Thirty Years

The Organization of African Unity After Thirty Years

by Yassin El-Ayouty


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The Organization of African Unity is a unique continental organization that embodies Africa's dreams of unity, independence, and development. Its most important decisions are usually the result of summit diplomacy where the heads of state and government are the primary actors. This book makes clear that the OAU, under the pressures of the massive changes that collapsed the Communist system and the Cold War, will become a different actor on the African and world scenes. The African sovereign state, whatever shape or form it may take during the last decade of the twentieth century, can no longer dictate to the OAU, which is now called upon to evaluate sovereign state performance with regard to democratization, human rights, and economic social development. The OAU's new roles in continental peace keeping and peace making will have to be shared with the UN and other international organizations. Finally, the new OAU will have to deal with the issues of economic integration.

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ISBN-13: 9780275944391
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/19/1993
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

YASSIN EL-AYOUTY is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1954 to 1986, he served full time at the United Nations Headquarters in various capacities, including Chief of the Africa division, Department of Political Affairs and Decolonization, and Secretary of the UN council for Namibia. He is a J.D. candidate (January 1994), at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York City. Following his admission to the New York and New Jersey Bars, he expects to be associated with the law firm of Cahn, Wishod, and Lamb of Melville, New York. He has written and/or edited five previous books on Africa.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Peace, Security, and International Law

The OAU: Peace Keeping and Conflict Resolution

:The OAU and International Law

The OAU and Western Sahara: A Case Study

Economic, Social, and Humanitarian Development

The Role of SADCC in Subregional Development

The OAU and Human Rights: Regional Promotion of Human Rights

The OAU and African Refugees

The OAU and Environmental Issues

Relations with Other Organizations and Systems

OAU-UN Relations in a Changing World

OAU-UN Interaction over the Last Decade

The OAU and Afro-Arab Cooperation

The OAU and the Commonwealth

The Future

An OAU for the Future: An Assessment

Appendix I: Map of Africa

Appendix II: Member States of the OAU

Selected Bibliography


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