The combination of the recent AU peacekeeping successes, and the lessons from Mali and the CAR, have lent a renewed urgency to the longstanding mission to create a pan-African standby force, according to Patrick Smith, editor of The Africa Report.
"I think it's substantive," said Smith
, referring to new moves to get the ASF off the ground.
"If you see what happened in the Congo for instance, I think that has emboldened governments in Africa to do more."
added, "It's very important to get political approval from African leaders about the structure and terms under which this force will operate."
But the smaller countries are not happy with that because they think it will affect their influence," said Smith