Past eventResearch Event

Coordinating Responses to the Crisis in the CAR: The Role of the UN

7 March 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Chatham House, London


Simon Handy, Political Analyst, UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA)
Chair: Paul Melly, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The Central African Republic remains mired in a spiral of retaliatory violence, further eroding a state where institutions have been hollowed out after years of crisis and instability. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for a 12,000-strong peacekeeping force to be deployed, but the mission would not be able to deploy in the CAR for several months, particularly in light of peacekeeping overstretch in Africa. There is opportunity for stabilization, at least in Bangui, following the swearing in of Catherine Samba-Panza as interim president, but longer-term tasks of building institutions, infrastructure, and security sector reform will need to be addressed.  

Simon Handy will discuss UN plans plans for intervention in the CAR, international responses to the ongoing crisis and how further entrenchment of intercommunity tensions can be prevented.