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Maintaining Domestic Focus in the Central African Republic with a Strategic Pursuit of International Support

Unfortunately, the Central African Republic is not one of the dozens of nations on the African continent that inspire afro-optimism in the international community. In fact, the opposite is true. Because of sustained violence, social conflict, religious tensions, and tumultuous, frequent … Continue reading

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Reading Response, Class 25: The Environment

The environment—weather, geography, shifts in patters of nature, etc.—may seem like one of the few uncontrollable and objective variables to interact with the political sphere, but the largest takeaway from this week’s reading is the politicization of the environment in … Continue reading

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Ghanaians Vote Tomorrow…

Even in what is purported to be one of the most stable and democratic countries on the African continent, presidential candidates still quip on twitter about the possibility of fraudulent elections.This illustrates a collective culture of skepticism and distrust in … Continue reading

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Past, Present, and Future: Continuity and Change in the C.A.R’s Foreign Relations

[Faustin Archange Touadera, then President-Elect, with a French official on a visit to Paris in early 2016.]     The Central African Republic sits firmly in the milieu of La Francafrique. As one of the most conflict-ridden and poor countries … Continue reading

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News Cycle Shows How Aid Actually Works (or doesn’t…)

When scrolling through the NYTimes database for some contemporaneous news having to do with the case studies for my research project, I kept finding nonchalant headlines describing inept, inactive, and often destructive aid agency (Red Cross, UN) and multilateral organization (ICC) work … Continue reading

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Seleka, anti-Balaka, and the French: Violence in the Central African Republic

A semi-continuous series of massively violent intrastate conflicts have occurred in vicious bursts for the entirety of the Central African Republic’s independent history, and it is no one’s fault more than the French colonizer’s. The most recent iteration of this … Continue reading

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The Central African Republic’s Cyclical Violence as Evidence of the Danger of Aid

This past summer, the IMF approved a three-year plan proposed by the Extended Credit Facility (a multilateral international organization) for the equivalent of $115.8 USD in aid to the Central African Republic, in light of the “the unique opportunity to … Continue reading

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Central African Republic: A Case Study in the Limits of American Humanitarian Intervention

  A headline from the Associated Press on October 4th, 2016 reads, “Head of Central African Republic armed forces assassinated.” Though some major sources covered the story, this breaking news was curiously missing from the top of the news cycle. … Continue reading

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The Central African Republic: Patrimonialism as an Enabler of Violence

In March of 2013, Seleka, a coalition of marginalized Muslims, enacted a coup to overthrow the Central African Republic’s president, Francois Bozizé. Though an interim government was set up shortly thereafter, Seleka’s members proceeded to wreak violent havoc in the … Continue reading

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Statebuilding Upon Colonial Exit: Eritrea and the Central African Republic

Eritrea is highly unique in its story as a modern-nation state in Africa: it remained a colony for far longer than many of its neighbors, but also experienced intermittent fits of success and progress at a more frequent rate throughout … Continue reading

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