Why French intervention may only maintain the Central African Republic's woes


The Central African Republic (CAR), where French troops are engaged in attempting to restore order amid inter-religious violence and which has long been the scene of political chaos, is governed more by its influential neighbouring states than any true national leadership, writes Mediapart international affairs correspondent Thomas Cantaloube. In this analysis of a complex and seemingly blocked situation for the country’s future, he concludes that the French military intervention is unlikely to remove - and more likely to maintain - the fundamental reasons for the turmoil in CAR.

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The weakness of states and the porous nature of borders, whose traced lines are as disputed as they are disputable, all contribute to transforming what begin as localized wars in Africa into regional conflicts.