The Central African Republic as a Fragile (Failed) State
Author(s): Wiesław Lizak
THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AS A FRAGILE (FAILED) STATE
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Political Theory, Political Sciences, International relations/trade
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Central African Republic; dysfunctional state; failed state; fragile state; ethnic conflicts; religious conflicts; African Union
Summary/Abstract: During its 65-year history, the Central African Republic proved to be a countryhighly susceptible to destabilising processes. Tribalism, corruption, violence and theincompetence of the ruling elite have become immanent elements of the politicalsystem, leading to a gradual decomposition of the state and its evolution towardsa dysfunctional (‘failed’) state, unable to perform its basic external and internalfunctions. The civil war that engulfed the country in 2013 was a consequence ofpolitical, social and economic conflicts that had been accumulating for many years.In this article, the author sets himself the task of identifying the main factors (internaland external) leading to the destabilisation of the state as well as the sources ofcontradictions that lay at the root of this process. Accumulation of negative trendsalong with low levels of socio-economic development at the moment of gainingindependence and the inability to initiate modernisation processes, as well asthe existence of negative international interrelations (conflicts in the immediateinternational neighbourhood) led to a crisis of statehood in the CAR.
- Issue Year: 52/2016
- Issue No: 2
- Page Range: 179-194
- Page Count: 15
- Language: English