Central African Republic

Peacekeepers go on patrol

In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace

Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.

A Russian armored personnel carrier in the Central African Republic

Russia’s Wagner Group Doesn’t Actually Exist

And that makes it all the more challenging to get to grips with.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

A MINUSCA soldier

Only Central Africans Can Save the Central African Republic

The international community can help rebuild the army and institutions, but its presence cannot be permanent.

The president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Why Did the Central African Republic Declare a State of Emergency?

The country’s postelection violence threatens a humanitarian catastrophe—and a continued standoff between Russia and France for influence in Central Africa.

Soldiers with the United Nations stabilization mission in Central African Republic patrol in PK12 district, south of downtown Bangui, Central African Republic, on Jan. 13.

Outside Powers Are Making the Conflict in the Central African Republic Worse

Proxy wars pitting France and Chad against Russia and Rwanda threaten to destabilize the entire region while subjecting Central Africans to more violence and instability.

Children gather in Bangui, Central African Republic

Child Soldiers Are Helping End a Forever War

Children are at the center of the Central African Republic’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic—and to break the country’s cycles of violence.

Jean Ghodjendji radios back to colleagues at an advance post during a foot patrol in Bamingui-Bangoran National Park in the Central African Republic while fellow rangers scan the forest on May 18.

Central Africa’s Rangers Are as Threatened as the Animals They Guard

Park staff struggle to protect the animals—and themselves—against poachers and militias.

Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol in Omar Bongo Square in Buea, Cameroon’s majority-Anglophone southwestern province’s capital, during a political rally for incumbent President Paul Biya on Oct. 3. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

Cameroon’s Paul Biya Gives a Master Class in Fake Democracy

One of the world’s most experienced autocrats has clinched another seven-year term by bending the rules of the game in his direction in ways both old and new.

A United Nations  peacekeeper speaks to a child while on patrol through the streets Gao, Mali on August 3, 2018.

Peace Is the Best Investment

U.N. member states must renew their commitment to the vital peacekeeping operations that end wars, protect civilians, and save lives.


Kony 2017: From Guerrilla Marketing to Guerrilla Warfare

Five years after its viral video broke the internet, Invisible Children is on the front line of a covert war against the Lord’s Resistance Army.


French Peacekeepers Pull Out as New Violence Erupts in the Central African Republic

France just ended its mission in the CAR, leaving the country with scandal-plagued U.N. peacekeepers.


The U.S. Slaps Joseph Kony’s Kids With New Financial Sanctions

The infamous LRA warlord and his sons still have not been caught.

CIUDAD DE GUATEMALA, GUATEMALA:  Anders Kompass, representante del Alto Comisiondado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos en Guatemala, responde preguntas de la prensa en Ciudad de Guatemala, el 13 de Febrero de 2006. Para la ONU la complejidad del fenomeno de la violencia en Guatemala se agudiza por la debilidad en los sistemas de informacion y analisis y por escasa capacidad de la Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) y del Ministerio Publico (MP) para investigar y esclarecer los delitos. El 2005, segun la ONU, fue el mas violento de los ultimos anos en lo que se refiere al derecho de la vida en Guatemala, al registrarse 5.338 homicidios.  AFP   PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA.  (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.N. Official Who Blew the Lid off Central African Republic Sex Scandal Vindicated

Anders Kompass was cleared of charges that he improperly gave the French a confidential paper documenting sexual abuse in the Central African Republic.

People walk by a billboard welcoming Pope Francis ahead of his visit in Bangui on November 25, 2015. Pope Francis on November 25 warned of the need to tackle poverty as a key driver of conflict and violence as he kicked off a landmark Africa trip fraught with security concerns. AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Heads to Central African Republic Amid Security Fears

The U.N. is mobilizing 3,000 peacekeepers to protect Pope Francis. Can his message of reconciliation help heal the war-torn nation?

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - APRIL 30:  Muslims fleeing from capital Bangui to Kaga-Bandoro (market town, It is situated 245km north of the capital Bangui), under the protection of members of the Multinational Force of Central Africa (MISCA) in Bangui, Central African Republic on April 29, 2014. (Photo by Nacer Telal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Anti-Balaka fighters, members of a militia opposed to the Seleka rebel group, pose with weapons and amulets in a village in the Boy-Rabe neighborhood in Bangui on December 14, 2013. France raised alarm on December 13 over worsening violence in the Central African Republic, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged warring Christians and Muslims to stop the bloodshed that has left more than 600 dead in the past week. AFP PHOTO IVAN LIEMAN        (Photo credit should read )

‘One Day, We Will Start a Big War’

Warlords are running roughshod over the U.N. in the Central African Republic. Now the country is rushing into elections that could accelerate the killing.

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - SEPTEMBER 28 :  Demonstrators gather in Bangui demand the resignation of interim president Catherine Samba Panza in Central African Republic on September 28, 2015. (Photo by Herve Cyriaque Serefio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Unrest Paralyzes Humanitarian Effort in the Central African Republic

Aid workers struggle to reach thousands of displaced as U.N. peacekeepers square off against militants.

People block a road as they protest against the French "Sangaris" intervention in the Galabadia neighborhood close to the Centrafrican President's private house in the eigth district of Bangui on December 22, 2013. According to Muslim residents, clashes broke out early on December 22 between the French soldiers and the ex-Seleka fighters, who mounted a successful coup in March but have since refused to lay down their arms. They said three fighters were killed and several others were wounded, but their claims have not been confirmed by the French military.  AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Central African Republic: Protests Rock Capital After Overnight Clashes

After a weekend of looting and sectarian violence, anti-government protesters in Bangui clash with U.N. peacekeepers.