Shifting the Political Strategy of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic
Violence against civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR) is complex, driven by numerous conflicts at different levels. A national-level peace agreement may contribute to stability, but cannot fully address these diverse conflict drivers. Efforts by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in CAR, MINUSCA, to support a political solution to the conflict have so far been undermined by armed groups’ competing economic interests; the CAR government’s lack of commitment; the persistence of diverse local conflicts; and the mission’s own weaknesses. In order to protect civilians from violence and promote stability, MINUSCA must shift its political strategy to navigate these challenges.