Essays | November 14, 2017

Ending Impunity in the Central African Republic Still a Bridge Too Far

At the end of July 2017, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Central African Republic (CAR) had reached 600,000. The number of refugees, most of whom are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cameroon, had reached 480,000. This recent […]

Main street, Paoua, north west Central African Republic (CAR)
Main street, Paoua, north west CAR
Mediation & Reconciliation | September 3, 2014

The Central African Republic Crisis: Neighboring Countries and the Prospects for Peace

“Ultimately […] the future of peace in the CAR lies in the hands of the leaders and people of the country. The real challenge will be to develop the political will to rise above the current divisions and address the structural roots of the conflict ravaging the country head on.”

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A child in the Central African Republic.
Radar | March 21, 2014

Central African Republic Crisis: Conflating Form with Substance?

“As insecurity persists, the conflict complexes continue to feed contending networks on the CAR stage, which will add to the intractability of the current conflict. If peacebuilding initiatives are to be developed that give equal importance to statebuilding, everyday politics, and human security, a more thorough analysis of the conflict is needed that clearly distinguishes its form from its substance.”

People line up at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport. The clinic treats hundreds of patients every day for problems such as malaria, respiratory infections, gunshot and burn wounds as well as helping mothers in labour. UNHCR / S. Phelps / December 2013
People line up at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic at the airport.
Radar | January 31, 2014

The Recent Conflict in the Central African Republic: Which Way Out of the Crisis?

“With regime changes by coups d’états as the rule, the political reality in the CAR has been characterized by regimes lacking in legitimacy, a dysfunctional public sector and institutions, and weak state power …. In this regard, it can be said that the crisis has in fact been brewing for long and conditions for an open conflict to emerge were given.”

Main street, Paoua, northwest Central African Republic (CAR).
A man crosses a street in northwest Central African Republic (CAR).