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Contemporary French Security Policy in AfricaAvoiding a Second Rwanda: Peacekeeping in the Central African Republic

Contemporary French Security Policy in Africa: Avoiding a Second Rwanda: Peacekeeping in the... [This chapter deals with the concept of humanitarian interventionism, the principal motivation behind Operation Sangaris in the Central African Republic (CAR). The first section provides a background note on the political and security situation in the CAR and traces the principal causes of inter-ethnic and inter-communal violence that have engulfed the CAR. The remainder of this chapter discusses the French decision-making process and shows how the eventual solution emerged from intensive struggles between different sets of principles. In particular, the chapter elaborates on the altercation between the concepts of counterterrorism and humanitarianism in light of an alleged genocide. It also suggests that the intervention in the CAR was as much a product of the French actors’ self-perception and a response to the actors’ quest for honor and standing as it was a product of a needs-based assessment of the situation on the ground.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Contemporary French Security Policy in AfricaAvoiding a Second Rwanda: Peacekeeping in the Central African Republic

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
ISBN
978-3-030-17580-1
Pages
111 –168
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17581-8_5
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter deals with the concept of humanitarian interventionism, the principal motivation behind Operation Sangaris in the Central African Republic (CAR). The first section provides a background note on the political and security situation in the CAR and traces the principal causes of inter-ethnic and inter-communal violence that have engulfed the CAR. The remainder of this chapter discusses the French decision-making process and shows how the eventual solution emerged from intensive struggles between different sets of principles. In particular, the chapter elaborates on the altercation between the concepts of counterterrorism and humanitarianism in light of an alleged genocide. It also suggests that the intervention in the CAR was as much a product of the French actors’ self-perception and a response to the actors’ quest for honor and standing as it was a product of a needs-based assessment of the situation on the ground.]

Published: Jul 26, 2019

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