CAR Scandal Reflects U.N. Peacekeeping’s Loss of Strategic Direction

A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorts a U.N. delegation in Bambari, Central Africa Republic (U.N. photo by Catianne Tijerina).
A Moroccan peacekeeper serving with the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) escorts a U.N. delegation in Bambari, Central Africa Republic (U.N. photo by Catianne Tijerina).

Do peacekeepers do more harm than good? An appalling abuse scandal has come to overshadow the two parallel peace operations, led by France and the United Nations, currently based in the Central African Republic (CAR). There is credible evidence that French troops made local children commit sex acts as entertainment. The U.N. appears to have, at the very best, mishandled its investigation of these crimes. To make matters worse, the U.N. announced last week that it is investigating further claims of abuse by its one of its own personnel in CAR. There are also claims that African peacekeepers were responsible […]

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