This article focuses on the establishment of the Panel of the Wise in the African
Union peace and security architecture. It examines the basis, design
and role of the Panel, and explores the possibilities that can be employed
by the Panel in promoting the internalisation of peace and security in
Africa. The writer makes recommendations in respect of the membership,
norms and mandate scope of the Panel, and expresses confidence that, if
properly designed and operationalised, the Panel will make a difference in
the peace and security architecture of the African Union.