This three-part blog contribution provides a security sector perspective on the ongoing crisis in Mali and focuses on the stabilization and security sector reform challenges that need to be addressed in this context.
This first blog in a first-part series on Mali provides background on the country and how its present crisis emerged.
This second blog in the Mali series discusses the national, regional, European and international responses to the crisis in the country, and the peace process that resulted in an agreement in 2015.
This third blog in the Mali series discusses the current situation in the country and the implications for security sector governance that stem from the national, regional, EU and UN efforts to stabilize the country.
This blog looks at the current Canadian Government’s approach to engagement in Africa. It is a follow-on to the CSG blog series that explores the security sector reform (SSR) dimension of Canada’s planned re-engagement with peacekeeping and peace operations. This four-part series focuses on the main options being speculated upon for troop deployment: Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Central African Republic is one of the four countries that are presently being considered for a Canadian peacekeeping mission. The others are Mali, whereas in the case of CAR there is currently no Canadian presence, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, where there are token contingents of seven and eight Canadians respectively.
This brief looks into the implementation of SSR in CAR, the deficiencies of its design, and the missteps made in its implementation. Its central finding is that the failure of the peacebuilding process in CAR was predestined, stemming from the earliest stages of SSR implementation in the country.
Is South Sudan going south? Not necessarily, but the world’s youngest state is clearly in big trouble.
I never met Nelson Mandela but our paths crossed, remotely, on three occasions. Here is my salute to one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.
In 2008, the CAR government and the donor community were engaged in an effort to prepare what
would have been the most comprehensive SSR programme ever in a fragile, post-conflict country – if it had been implemented. I worked in CAR at that time.Here is my take on where the country is now and how it got there.