The humanitarian crises caused by civil conflicts and wars in Africa are too great in scope for an adequate and effective continental response. The founding of the African Union and the drafting of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, the basis for collective action against genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity makes this a critical time to reflect on how best to address regional conflicts. This book responds to new regional conflicts over health, water, land and food security in the world's poorest, most socially fragmented continent. The work assesses African regional security arrangements and provides new policy recommendations for the future.

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Besada, H. (2010). Crafting an African security architecture: Addressing regional peace and conflict in the 21st century. Crafting an African Security Architecture: Addressing Regional Peace and Conflict in the 21st Century, 1–224.