The Forum | 2016 | Page Page 1

Intervention in the Central African Republic

by Mary Woodell Scruggs


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Although humanitarian intervention has become more common in the last century, and state practice suggests it has become more permissible, strategic considerations often prevent countries from intervening in civil wars, even where there are significant human rights violations. This note examines a current civil war that includes an ethnic cleansing, the Central African Republic crisis, where both individual countries and the United Nations sanctioned intervention. Specifically, the paper considers the range of factors that have motivated countries to put peacekeepers on the ground in the face of risks and losses to intervening countries. This analysis uses the CAR as a case study on the developing customary international law of humanitarian intervention and concludes that a range of factors can culminate in a humanitarian intervention. This Note discusses the CAR as recent evidence that intervention does not guarantee stability or relief from violence.

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