Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 08/2014

AU-NATO Collaboration: Implications and Prospects

Adesoji Adeniyi, Bola A. Akinterinwa, Sally Khalifa Isaac, James Marcus Bridger, Christopher Coker, Christopher L. Daniels, Solomon Ayele Dersso, Kumbirai Hodzi, Christian Kabati, Markus Kaim, Mehari Taddele Maru; Kay Mathews, Alexander Moens, J. Shola Omotola, José Francisco Pavia, Jimmy Peterson, Kai Schaefer, Brooke Smith-Windsor

February 2013

NATO Defense College


The birth of the African Union (AU) a decade ago coincided with the birth of what has been termed the African Renaissance. This encompasses Africa's resolve to challenge the normative analysis, the stereotypes and the criticisms that the world has imposed on it. It involves a determination to take control of its destiny, to develop authentic solutions, and to stand up and be counted. Fortunately such a development is provided for in Chapter VIII of the United Nations (UN) Charter, and is also acknowledged in Article 12 of the treaty by which the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded - both of which recognize universal as well as regional jurisdictions.