Public Discussion: "What is happening in the Central African Republic?"
Venue: WMO/OMM Building, Kruzel Hall (2nd floor) 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva
Chair: Dr Caty Clement, Senior Programme Advisor and Senior Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Speakers: Dr Gerard Prunier, Former Director of the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies in Addis Ababa
Dr Robert Rotberg, Founding Director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Harvard University
Mr Mahamane Cisse-Gouro, Acting Chief of the Africa Branch, OHCHR
Registration: Please register by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page until 25 April, 12.00.
A light buffet lunch will be available prior to the event from 12.30 – 13.00
Where is the Central African Republic?
A year after the Seleka rebellion accessed power, the country is facing considerable political and socioeconomic uncertainty. The appointment in January 2014 of Catherine Samba-Penza, a technocrat and long standing civil activist, offers new opportunities for a country that has, since its independence, been characterized by personal rule and marred by military coups. Amid continued violence and the rise of religiously motivated killings, the task of the new President at the helm of a weak country, however well-endowed in natural riches, is daunting. For years, the state has been captured by nepotist networks with regional and international connections. National and international institutions have de facto been absent from the North-East, which was left to its own devises for the past decade.
What are the key challenges the new administration will have to address? How can the regional networks be harnessed to contribute to peace? How can the international community contribute to build lasting peace beyond military intervention? How can the Central African society and state lastingly mark a rupture with abuse and neglect?