- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783603794
- Price: $37.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Aug 2015
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 384
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Making Sense of the Central African Republic
Edited by Tatiana Carayannis, Louisa Lombard
Lying at the centre of a tumultuous region, the Central African Republic and its turbulent history have often been overlooked. Democracy, in any kind of a meaningful sense, has eluded the country. Since the mid-1990s, army mutinies and serial rebellion in CAR have resulted in two major successful coups. Over the course of these upheavals, the country has become a laboratory for peacebuilding initiatives, hosting a two-decade-long succession of UN and regional peacekeeping, peacebuilding and special political missions.
Drawing together the foremost experts on the Central African Republic, this much-needed volume provides the first in-depth analysis of the country’s recent history of rebellion, instability, and international and regional intervention.
1. Making Sense of CAR: An Introduction–Louisa Lombard and Tatiana Carayannis
2. CAR’s History: The Past of a Tense Present–Stephen W. Smith
3. Being Rich, Being Poor: Wealth and Fear in the Central African Republic–Roland Marchal
4. Local Dynamics in the PK5 District of Bangui–Faouzi Kilembe
5. The Elite’s Road to Riches in a Poor Country–Stephen W. Smith
6. A Multifaceted Business: Diamonds in the Central African Republic–Ned Dalby
7. The Autonomous Zone Conundrum: Armed Conservation and Rebellion in North-Eastern CAR–Louisa Lombard
8. CAR and the Regional (Dis)order–Roland Marchal
9. Pathologies of Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in CAR–Nathaniel Olin
10. From Being Forgotten to Being Ignored: International Humanitarian Interventions in the Central African Republic–Enrica Picco
11. CAR’s Southern Identity: Congo, CAR, and International Justice–Tatiana Carayannis
12. In Unclaimed Land: The Lord’s Resistance Army in CAR–Ledio Cakaj
13. A Central African Elite Perspective on the Struggles of the Central African Republic–Laurence D. Wohlers
14. A Concluding Note on the Failure and Future of Peacebuilding in CAR–Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard
About the Authors
Tatiana Carayannis is deputy director of the Social Science Research Council’s Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum. She also directs the SSRC China-Africa Knowledge Project and is a research director of the LSE-based consortium, the Justice and Security Research Programme. A political scientist and seasoned field researcher, she is widely published on political mobilization and rebel governance, and UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Central Africa, particularly the DRC. She co-authored UN Voices: The Struggle for Development and Social Justice (2005) with Thomas G. Weiss, Louis Emmerij, and Richard Jolly, and is currently completing her next book, Pioneers of Peacekeeping: ONUC, 1960-1964.
Louisa Lombard is an assistant professor of anthropology at Yale University. She has worked in CAR as a field consultant to several international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Small Arms Survey, Refugees International and the World Bank, in addition to her academic research. She is currently finishing two books about the country, one an ethnographic and historical account of the ‘stateless’ east, and the other an anthropological take on war and rebellion over the past decade.