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Central African Republic: Walking the Fine Line of (un) Governability

Central African Republic: Walking the Fine Line of (un) Governability

Although Central African Republic (CAR) achieved de jure Independence from France in 1960, the situation since then has been characterized by continued political instability. There have been several coups d’état and military dictatorships. Both internal and external forces contribute to the situation. On the one hand, political elites compete for power while the population is excluded and marginalized. Neighboring states such as Chad, Sudan and Libya play prominent roles in the ongoing conflicto in order to extend their influence in the region, and France and China also compete for the country’s natural resources. The crisis and the disintegration currently overwhelming the country can be tied to ethnic divisions, the existence of numerous armed groups – such as the older Séléka coalition and the Anti-balaka militias – which are progressively more fragmented and involved in criminal activities. The instrumentalization of religion also aggravates tensions between communities, and the combination of all of these factors have hindered efforts towards the consolidation of national unity and the reparation of the social fabric. After the last cycle of violence and instability, elections have led to the formation of a new government, but the challenges in terms of governance remain outstanding. This report by the Escola de Cultura de Pau (School for a Culture of Peace) and Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, with the support of the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation.

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Central African Republic: Walking the Fine Line of (un) Governability
Authors: Jordi Calvo Rufanges y Josep Maria Royo Aspa
Support researchers: Elena Fernández Sandiumenge, Laura Marco Gamundi, Eira Massip Planas, Ainhoa Ruiz Benedicto, María Villellas Ariño
June 2016
D.L.: B-16799-2010
ISSN: 2013-8032

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