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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.

Mar 21, 2014
Alischa Kugel
Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
Peace Operations

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.

Feb 25, 2014
Alischa Kugel , Megan Gleason-Roberts
Peace and Security

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.

Feb 03, 2014
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security

While the specifics of the post-2015 development agenda are still being discussed, there is substantial momentum behind a “transformative” and “universal” agenda. But what does that mean?

Jan 13, 2014

The European Union, so often accused of lacking strategic purpose, seems to have discovered a new security role: keeping African airports safe.

Read the full ECFR article here.

Jan 13, 2014
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security
United Nations

The United Nations has eight peacekeeping operations in Africa. As the number of simultaneous missions has increased, one of the challenges facing peacekeeping operations in Africa is how quickly to deploy troops to war zones. CIC's Richard Gowan comments

Dec 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
United Nations

Is there a lonelier or more poorly understood warrior than Francois Hollande?

Read the full World Politics Review article here.

Dec 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security

 In early 2013, peace operations have entered new and uncharted waters that may set the stage for major changes in multilateral conflict management in the years to come.

Sep 18, 2013
Alischa Kugel
Peace and Security

Lists of African success stories do not tend to include Chad. More than half of the country’s citizens live below the poverty line. Yet this year, Western powers and the U.N. have turned to Chad to help manage new crises in Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Read the full World Politics Review article here

Nov 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace and Security
Crises

Five countries have won two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, including two potentially controversial countries. Chad has faced U.N. scrutiny for its use of child soldiers among the ranks of its military, while Saudi Arabia regularly faces international criticism for the state of human rights, and especially women’s rights, in the oil-rich kingdom.

Read the full Voice of America article here

Oct 17, 2013
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security
United Nations