A Look Back at 50 Years of the African Union

Robert Nolan is an editor at the Foreign Policy Association and the author of “The Quest for African Unity: 50 Years of Independence and Interdependence”. You can follow him on Twitter @robert_nolan.

This week, African heads of state and leaders from around the world celebrated 50 years of the African Union and its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Laudatory speeches and toasts were given despite a widespread belief – both within and outside of Africa – that the organization is little more than a talk shop for Africa’s ….. Continue Reading