Hybrid AU-UN Operation in Darfur: Precedents, Progress and Challenges

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 07-3

Emily Schroeder

There has been significant movement by the international community to substantially improve the political and security situation in Darfur. United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769, passed in July 2007, mandated a new hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur. This new UN-AU force could set important precedents on practical application of the doctrine of the responsibility to protect (R2P), a concept Canada has taken a lead in developing and promoting.

However, challenges remain, including persistent hostilities and fighting on the ground, diplomatic hurdles, and difficulties related to quickly setting up a huge hybrid force.

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