North African Regional Capability (NARC) is a regional organization concerned with promoting peace, security and stability on the continent according to the Protocol establishing the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) and in particular Article 13 related to the African Standby Force.

The Goal

NARC aims at implementing tasks and responsibilities that may maintain peace and security based on the duties to be entrusted by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in the light of its power enshrined in its founding Protocol with regard to the ASF.

The Mission

Sustaining a fully equipped multidimensional standby force with full operational capability ready for deployment based on an appropriate mandate.


NARC was established by virtue of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be part of the African Union‘s African Standby Force in consistency with the relevant standards, rules and principles of the African Union and provisions of the MoU. Therefore, NARC was established as one of the mechanisms of the ASF to contribute to attending to the challenges and difficulties facing peace and security on the continent.


NARC member states held several meetings at the level of experts, chiefs of staff, and ministers of defense as of 2005 up to the inauguration phase during the 3 rd meeting of the Council of Ministers of Defense of member states in 2010 (foundation years). Afterwards, meetings continued up to the 14 th meeting of experts, 11 th meeting of Chiefs of Staff and 10 th Council of Ministers of Defense in April 2018 (operationalization meetings).


.NARC comprises the following North African countries; The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Arab Republic of Egypt, State of Libya, Democratic Sahrawi Arab Republic, Tunisia Republic, and Mauritania Islamic Republic.