Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781783603794 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America (except Canada), Australia, and New Zealand
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603800 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America (except Canada), Australia, and New Zealand

Making Sense of the Central African Republic

Edited by Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard

Making Sense of the Central African Republic

Edited by Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard

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256 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $28.95 ISBN: 9781783603794 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America (except Canada), Australia, and New Zealand
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603800 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America (except Canada), Australia, and New Zealand
Despite its position at the center of a tumultuous region that has drawn substantial international attention and intervention over the decades, the Central African Republic is often overlooked when discussions turn to questions of postcolonial development, democracy, and change in Africa. This book seeks to remedy that oversight, bringing together the foremost experts on the Central African Republic to offer the first in-depth analysis of the nation’s recent history of rebellion and instability. Gathering contributions from nearly every scholar and international policy maker who has written on the Central African Republic in recent years, the book presents a close look at the two major coups of the past twenty years, the successes and failures of attempts at international intervention, the ongoing series of UN and regional peacekeeping efforts, and the potential for peaceful, democratic change in the nation’s future.
Contents
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
Review Quotes
Koen Vlassenroot, Ghent University
“Bringing together the most prominent experts, this book provides a unique, compelling and definitive analysis of the deeply rooted political crisis in the CAR. With no issue left untouched, it is essential reading for anyone interested in, or dealing with the current conflict.”
Alex de Waal, author of Darfur and Advocacy in Conflict
“This is the essential book on CAR. Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard have assembled the scholars and analysts who know most about this important but under-researched country, and have produced the authoritative volume on its history, society and politics.”
Rebecca Hardin, University of Michigan
“Lombard and Carayannis definitively depict what Africans call 'the heart of the continent' not as a blank spot on colonial maps, nor as an aberrant absence or failure of contemporary national and international governance, but rather as a complex 'hive' of geopolitical, cultural, and economic rivalries and alliances key to Africa's prosperity and stability in coming decades. It is a boldly executed and timely corrective to much recent media and policy analysis on civil conflict and prospects for sustainable peace in the Central African Republic.”
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