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ETHIOPIA AND AFRICAN UNION PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL [Abstract ID: 0904-03]
Ever since the inauguration of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) in 2004, the PSC has been charged with conflict prevention, management and resolution. Ethiopia has served as a member of the PSC for eight years with certain motivations and interest. Notwithstanding its involvement in continental peace and security architecture, relatively little analysis has been given to understanding how motivations and interest necessitated Ethiopia to join the AU’s standing decision making organ. This paper employs the rationalist and interpretive approaches to discerning Ethiopia’s membership in the PSC. The paper argues that Ethiopia has sought to join the PSC with the objectives of achieving “African solutions to African problems”; as well as regime-cum-state security.