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Title:The African Union, preventive diplomacy, mediation, and the Panel of the Wise: review and reflection on the Panel's first six years
Authors:Gomes Porto, JoćoISNI
Ngandu, Kapinga YvetteISNI
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2214)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:conflict resolution
African Union
heads of State
Abstract:The experiences of the Panel of the Wise, an important pillar of the African Union's Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), are discussed with a focus on its gradual institutionalization during 2007-2013 and the panel's operations in the future. It must be recognized that although the panel's modalities include the provision for support to AU mediation teams, it does not confer on members of the panel the role of being the AU's mediators. With regard to an AU-specific strategic and operational approach to mediation, the AU adopted the AU's Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for Mediation Support (January 2012). In several key dimensions of the SOPs one can see a specific role for members of the panel and associated structures, such as in the decision to deploy a mediator and the deployment of fact-finding missions, good offices, or the use of mediators for 'early action.' Specifically on the panel, the SOPs note that 'the Panel of the Wise may be able to open political channels, meet with state leaders, and/or use their influence to assist the lead mediator … they may also provide good counsel on mediation strategy, based on their own experience.' Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]