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Title:Conflict management in the Central African Republic: making genocide prevention work
Author:Lockhart Smith, Ivonne
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Central African Republic
conflict prevention
peacekeeping operations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10246029.2014.894925
Abstract:This commentary analyses the international response to the crisis that struck the Central African Republic (CAR) in early December 2013. It examines three intertwined dimensions defining the courses of action available to policymakers dealing with pre-genocidal crises: the politics and institutional manoeuvring shaping the United Nations (UN) Security Council's decision to authorise an enforcement mission without deploying 'blue helmets' on the ground; the operational complexities involved in launching rapid reaction forces; and the interdependent logics between peacebuilding and atrocity prevention. The author argues that there are three ways for the UN Secretariat to ensure a more effective response to CAR-type situations: generating political will to respond swiftly to deteriorating crises leading to widespread abuses of human rights by advancing the concept of Responsibility to Protect as a core component of States' national interests; developing strategic frameworks for the deployment of multi-plural missions equipped to avert the actual or potential threat of atrocities; and developing joint early warning and scenario planning between peacebuilding and atrocity prevention agencies. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]