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.
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.