My current research projects seek to examine the manner in which the African Union is challenging “traditional” actors such as the European Union and Commonwealth of Nations in African political affairs by establishing itself as a critical actor on the continent. I explore the organization’s capacity to undertake matters of political and economic development, security, among other issues. I am especially interested in the notion of “Bringing Africa Back In” and understanding the continent’s place in International Relations. Specifically, how is Africa challenging our understanding of International Relations?