The UN Security Council has approved the deployment of nearly 12,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic (CAR). Thousands there have been killed and about a million people (a quater of the population) are in the need of aid.
Listen to the full BBC interview here. The CAR discussion with Richard Gowan begins at the 34:18 mark.
The UN is being urged to investigate allegations that it failed to report on war crimes committed by the Sudanese government in Darfur. According to Foreign Policy magazine, UNAMID -- a joint United Nations, African Union mission -- has omitted to send evidence of air raids to the UN Security Council. This is a serious claim because aerial bombardments are banned under a Security Council resolution.
Listen to the full Radio France International interview below:
In this commentary, Global Initiative Board Member, Camino Kavanagh who is based in Bamako, together with Prof. Stephen Ellis, renowned Africanist at the University of Leiden, raise some additional points to consider, including the extent of the narco-terrorist relationship, and the degree to which we as the international community could have seen the crisis coming.
Less than a week before its planned deployment, the future of the EU military mission to the Central African Republic (CAR) is increasingly in jeopardy. In four consecutive force generation conferences held in February and early March, EU member states have been unable to muster the required troops and equipment. Subsequently, in an appeal letter to EU governments dated 11 March, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton warned that the lack of necessary capabilities puts the plans to launch the operation by mid-March at risk, adding that a delay would taint the EU’s credibility.
This new Routledge volume, edited by Marco Wyss and Thierry Tardy provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and challenges of international peacekeeping in Africa. In their contribution to the volume, former CIC staff member Megan Gleason-Roberts and CIC Senior Program Officer Alischa Kugel analyze the changing dimensions of international peacekeeping in Africa, including how civilian-led political missions, regional deployments and over the horizon security guarantees are increasingly important tools for crisis response.
What do you see when you look at the Central African Republic (CAR)? The crisis in the previously largely unknown former French colony is becoming a Rorschach test for international policymakers. Few would deny that the CAR has endured a hellish breakdown of basic order that has claimed at least 2,000 lives and forced a quarter of the country’s 4 million citizens from their homes.
o Burundi was placed on the Peacebuilding Commission’s (PBC) agenda in June 2006, as the peacekeeping mission there was drawing down. This report assesses the PBC’s in-country performance against its different mandated functions and tools of engagement. It also considers the potential for the PBC’s engagement through the Country-Specific Meetings and assesses implications for the concept of Country-Specific Configurations.
The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD) records major incidents of violence against aid workers, with incident reports from 1997 through the present. Initiated in 2005, to date the AWSD remains the single most comprehensive global source of this data, providing a much-needed quantitative evidence base for analysis of the changing security environment for civilian aid operations. For more detail on the AWSD click here.