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Central African Republic in crisis: African Union Mission needs United Nations support

Die Zentralafrikanische Republik in der Krise: die Mission der Afrikanischen Union braucht die Unterstützung der Vereinten Nationen

Weber, Annette; Kaim, Markus

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract On 20 January 2014 the foreign ministers of the EU member-states approved EUFOR RCA Bangui. The six-month mission with about 800 troops is to be deployed as quickly as possible to the Central African Republic. In recent months CAR has witnessed growing inter-religious violence, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians and an ensuing humanitarian disaster. France sent a rapid response force and the African Union expanded its existing mission to 5,400 men. Since the election of the President Catherine Samba-Panza matters appear to be making a tentative turn for the better. But it will be a long time before it becomes apparent whether the decisions of recent weeks have put CAR on the road to solving its elementary structural problems. First of all, tangible successes are required in order to contain the escalating violence. That will require a further increase in AU forces and the deployment of a robust UN mission. (author's abstract)
Keywords Central African Republic; political conflict; domestic policy; civil war; domestic security; conflict management; humanitarian aid; international security; peacekeeping; African Union; UNO; humanitarian intervention; military intervention; failed state; Chad; Republic of South Africa; EU; Federal Republic of Germany; security policy; CSDP
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series SWP Comments, 15/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications