SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Towards Peace and Development in Central Africa – the EU perspective

Douglas Carpenter (European External Action Service)

Date: 19 November 2014Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 19 November 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

The international community has demonstrated a fluctuating level of attention on Central Africa, a region of immense resources and potential whose development has been restricted by conflict and by a related failure to achieve stable democratic governance and lasting regional integration. Root causes can be found both within and beyond the region: Europe is both part of the problem and part of the solution.

The spill-over of conflict and political tension from Central Africa to the rest of the world has been limited and as a consequence media attention has been relatively restricted. Yet the situation in the Great Lakes is far from resolved and the ongoing crisis in the Central African Republic reveals unprecedented challenges in humanitarian assistance, security and development. Armed groups continue to undermine state authority in Central Africa, and disputes over natural resources have fuelled existing conflicts.

This presentation will try to summarize the main challenges faced by the international community -  and in particular the EU - in their engagement in Central Africa, and will offer an opportunity to look at lessons learned from the past, strengths and weaknesses, and future priorities for the EU and its partners in the region.

Douglas Carpenter is the co-ordinator of the "Great Lakes" team of the European External Action Service, Brussels.

Organiser: Dr Anna Lindley

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