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    Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.

Yes, Central African Republic is a real country. But it’s a very different kind of country.

By Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard, originally for The Washington Post.

When ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was removed from his country in March 2004 by the U.S. military, the pilots flying him abroad were given a destination they had never heard of — the Central African Republic (CAR). “Is that a real country?” they reportedly asked their superiors.

Yes, it […]

Making Justice Work: The Bemba Case and the ICC’s Future

By Tatiana Carayannis

On March 21, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Congolese rebel leader turned politician Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. After holding Bemba in detention for nearly eight years, the court determined that Bemba failed to stop his Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) troops from committing atrocities against civilians in the […]

Book: Making Sense of the Central African Republic

The JSRP is proud to introduce a new volume on the Central African Republic edited by our Research Director, Tatiana Carayannis, and Yale University Associate Professor, Louisa Lombard.

Lying at the center of a tumultuous region, the Central African Republic and its turbulent history have often been overlooked. Democracy, in any kind of a meaningful sense, has eluded the country. […]

Mobutu’s Lingering Legacy in Gbadolite

By Aaron Pangburn As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Mobutu Sese Seko’s rise to power, and the debates over the “next Congolese President” in 2016 intensify, it is a unique moment to reflect on his legacy and his lingering impact on the locality he once called home. The story of Gbadolite (in the territory of Nord-Ubangi and the […]