Justice Needed in CAR, But How?

The Central African Republic, a former French colony whose governance system is based on an exploitative divide-and-rule system, is an example of how a state can be captured, repurposed, and organized for looting, largely to the benefit of outsiders. The country has known only impunity and the state is a murderous machine of plunder. Beyond their ties to such criminal networks, leaders enrich themselves directly through government structures, which they have fashioned solely to advance their own interests. They use the country's military - as well as militia groups - to protect their own power, even if it means using extreme violence. John Prendergast and Nathalia Dukhan of Project Syndicate write that the international community should stop trying to cajole the country's warring parties into doing less harm but gain leverage over the warlords and criminals, by replacing carrots with sticks.

InFocus

A girl sits outside her school building in Bambari, Central African Republic (file photo).

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.