Security Sector Reform in the Central African Republic: Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Rebels in northern CAR. Photo: HDPTCAR

The security sector reform program designed for the Central African Republic (CAR) was the equivalent of a recipe for state-building. Yet CAR was so damaged, donors would have to pour in enormous amounts of financial, human, and technical assistance just to begin to address the fundamentals: create a normative framework, build capacity, build infrastructure and equipment, and enhance human security. In addition, such an ambitious transformation project demanded a stable security environment. Neither sufficient assistance nor security was to be found for CAR.

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Security Topics: Security Sector Governance