Past event

Research Event

Peace and Security in Central Africa: Emerging Dynamics

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, DRC and Great Lakes


Simon Alain Handy, Political Affairs Officer, International Peace and Security, United Nations


The Central African Republic (CAR) has a long history of chronic instability. A peace settlement reached between President Bozizé and the Séléka rebel movement in January 2013 was seen by many as a shift in the country's trajectory. But the peace agreement has broken down, and humanitarian organizations are warning that over 1.5 million people in CAR are facing crisis as a result of the renewed Séléka offensive. The country's position in sub-Saharan Africa exposes it to outside influences that can fuel instability.

Simon Handy, former Special Advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General in CAR, will discuss domestic and regional factors impacting peace and security in CAR and beyond.