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The Crisis in CAR: Navigating Myths and Interests
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
Nordic Africa Institute.
2014 (English)In: Africa Spectrum, ISSN 0002-0397, E-ISSN 1868-6869, Vol. 49, no 1, 69-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

“Anarchy”, “religious war”, “genocide” and, recently, “cannibalism”– these are some of the most commonly used words in Westernnews media when referring to the crisis in the Central African Republic(CAR), at least since the takeover of power by the rebel coalition Sélékain March 2013. In the context of these media stereotypes, this articleunravels some of the complexities that have arisen in the CAR conflictsince the fall of the Bozizé regime and the Séléka takeover. We showhow international actors have been pivotal in shaping the current crisis inthe country. In order to help steer CAR out of its predicament, we showhow important it is that international peacekeeping operations, policymakersand diplomats understand not only the situation on the groundbut also the close ties major groups in CAR have with various regionaland other international actors. If context awareness remains scant, thereis a serious risk that their activities will at best be suboptimal and at worstaid in fuelling the crisis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hamburg: G I G A Institute of African Affairs , 2014. Vol. 49, no 1, 69-77 p.
Keyword [en]
Central African Republic, civil wars, international relations
National Category
Political Science Humanities Social Anthropology
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-225971ISI: 000335933700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-225971DiVA: diva2:723073
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