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Author: Kasper Agger

New Amnesty Report Provides Insights into the Diamond Trade in Central African Republic

A new report from Amnesty International, "Chains of Abuse," provides unique insights a key fuel for the violence in CAR, the blood diamond trade ...
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Insecurity Persists Across the Central African Republic

Insecurity Persists Across the Central African Republic
The crisis in the Central African Republic has been largely absent from international media recently, except for disturbing reports about sexual abuse against civilians by U.N. peacekeepers. But violence and insecurity have not stopped and large parts of the country remain in the hands of armed groups that terrorize local populations ...
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Warlord Business: CAR’s Violent Armed Groups and their Criminal Operations for Profit and Power

Warlord Business: CAR’s Violent Armed Groups and their Criminal Operations for Profit and Power
Political Economy of African Wars Series “Warlord Business” is the second in a new series of in-depth, field research-driven reports on the dynamics of profit and power fueling war in the Horn, East and Central Africa. Violent kleptocracies dominate the political landscape of this region, leading to protracted conflicts marked by the commission of mass atrocities by state and non-state actors. Enough's Political Economy of African Wars series will focus on the key players in these conflicts, their motivations, how they benefit from the evolving war economies, and what policies might be most effective in changing the calculations of those ...
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Seize the Peace / Saisir la Paix

Seize the Peace / Saisir la Paix
Quatre Questions à Adresser Immédiatement dans le Processus de Paix en RCA Un nouveau rapport Enough Project examine les défis auxquels le gouvernement de transition et ses soutiens internationaux face dans leurs efforts pour assurer la paix en République centrafricaine . Le rapport identifie quatre principaux domaines dans lesquels un soutien durable et l'action internationale sont essentielles pour progresser la paix en RCA : la planification des élections prévues pour l'année prochaine ; responsabilité pour les auteurs d'atrocités ; le désarmement, la démobilisation et la réintégration des combattants armés ; et des initiatives locales de réconciliation . Four Issues to ...
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Brazzaville Summit No Guarantee for Peace in CAR

A recently-concluded three-day regional summit in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville narrowly delivered a much anticipated ceasefire agreement between Séléka and Anti-Balaka forces, the two major armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR). Such an agreement does not, however, guarantee an end to the country’s deep crisis. Disarmament of the armed groups, local dialogues, justice reform, and a clear roadmap for the remaining part of the transition are urgently needed to give the Brazzaville agreement any chance of success ...
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Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic

Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic
The Enough Project has been closely following the violent conflict in Central African Republic, where mass killings and human rights abuses continue at an alarming rate. This new report authored by Field Researcher Kasper Agger explores the underlying drivers of the conflict, including regional dynamics and natural resource exploitation. Additionally it identifies ways the international community can support sustainable peace and stability ...
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Counter-LRA Mission Challenged by Regional Turmoil

U.S. military advisors and their African partner forces are facing increased difficulties in their mission to end the threat of the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and to capture rebel leader Joseph Kony, because of heightened regional instability and insufficient helicopter support ...
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Al Jazeera America Op-ed: To understand the crisis in the CAR, beware of familiar narratives

Al Jazeera America Op-ed: To understand the crisis in the CAR, beware of familiar narratives
The Central African Republic’s interim president and rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, was forced to resign today at a two-day summit in the Chadian capital, Ndjamena ...
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Op-ed: U.S. Must Pressure African Governments for Access to Kony’s LRA Safe Havens

Op-ed: U.S. Must Pressure African Governments for Access to Kony's LRA Safe Havens
With the help of U.S. military advisers, African forces have made progress in the push to apprehend Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army, but challenges remain. The U.S., U.N., and African Union must pressure the region's governments to allow access to LRA safe havens ...
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Blind Spots: Gaining Access to Areas Where the LRA Operates

Blind Spots: Gaining Access to Areas Where the LRA Operates
The Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, has grown weaker in the past two years as the Ugandan-led and U.S.-supported counter-LRA African Union Regional Task Force, or AU-RTF, has pursued its mission to eliminate the rebel group. The regional force,however, lacks the logistical capacity and authorization to access key areas where LRA groups operate in remote areas in Central Africa ...
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