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Members are elected by the Assembly of the African Union so as to reflect regional balance within Africa, as well as a variety of other criteria, including capacity to contribute militarily and financially to the union, political will to do so, and effective diplomatic presence at Addis Ababa.
The council is composed of fifteen countries, of which five are elected to three-year terms, and ten to two-year terms. Countries are immediately re-eligible upon the expiration of their terms.
The African Standby Force is an associated military programme.
In March 2004 the following countries were elected to the council: 
- Southern Africa: Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa (3 years)
- East Africa: Ethiopia (3 years), Kenya, Sudan
- Central Africa: Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon (3 years)
- West Africa: Ghana, Nigeria (3 years), Senegal, Togo
- North Africa: Algeria (3 years), Libya
Members were elected to two-year terms unless otherwise noted.
In January 2007 the following members were elected, all for three year terms:
- Southern Africa: Angola
- East Africa: Ethiopia
- Central Africa: Gabon
- West Africa: Nigeria
- North Africa: Algeria
- ^ Africa's peace, security body, Government of South Africa, 2004-05-27, accessed on 2007-01-29
- ^ Africa: Nairobi Quits Race for AU Chairmanship, Daily Nation via allafrica.com, 2007-01-28 accessed on 2007-01-28
- Peace and Security Council web page
- Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (pdf), July 9, 2002 (html version)