As the divided Africa Union struggles to find solutions to the crises in Ivory Coast, Somalia, and DRC and remains completely silent over the crises in Libya, Tunisia,and Egypt, the questions many are asking are whether the AU will ever be counted upon as a body that should be taken serious at all and whether the AU can redeem its battered image?
Will Africa ever forge a common identity and defence policy? Can Africa recognise its strategic importance and can it ever take advantage of that strategic importance? Can the AU be made more democratic, more relevant and be more responsive to the needs of its citizens? What will be required to make Africa the next engine of global development?
The crises in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt have exposed the hollow in the Africa Union as a continental body that can respond to the challenges of the 21st Century and has created doubts in many who once believed in its capability to provide solutions to the problems facing the continent.