Amidst upheaval in the Central African Republic, a UN official summed up the UN's deep fears for the country in one sentence. "This is a region with very little absorbtive capacity," he told the UN press corps today.
I speak with Louisa Lombard, the Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography, University of California at Berkeley who explains the roots of this conflict and what the international community can do to help mitigate this crisis.
More analysis and consistent international coverage of the conflict in the Central African Republic is needed for a better understanding of how peacebuilding and conflict mitigation in the region as a whole can be pursued.
While eyes, ears, and laptops are fixed on Sudan ahead of a delicate referendum on whether the country will remain united, it's lesser-known neighbor, the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), continues to suffer two violent conflicts and severe humanitarian crises.
Why Belgium might be the deciding factor in whether or not Sudan's indicted president is able to visit the Central African Republic tomorrow without fear of arrest. UPDATE: French diplomatic pressure forces Bashir's trip cancelled.