Many wonder how the current crisis in the Central African Republic has come about. In the visualization below, we see that (most recently) the former president Bozize’s call for elections began a process of peace negotiation with various rebel groups and those groups then re-organizing into the Seleka rebels. Both the main former rebel group CJPJ and the Seleka group were led by the current ‘transitional’ president Djotodia.
Stages in CAR

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CAR Conflict in Stages from 2010
Clionadh Raleigh
Clionadh Raleigh
Director
Prof. Clionadh Raleigh is Director of ACLED. She is also Senior Professor of Political Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and an external senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prof. Raleigh holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are the dynamics of conflict and violence, focusing in particular on the role of formal and informal political structures. Additional interests include Africa, political geography, social/political consequences of climate change, and GIS/spatial econometrics.
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