n African Security Review - Local dynamics of security in Africa : the Central African Republic and private security : features

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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In the Central African Republic, successive rebellions and unstable governments have created a palpable sense of insecurity for decades, which often seemed to require outside solutions. In this issue of the African Security Review the relevance, to the outside world, of African responses to the challenges of peace and security is explored and this article contains a survey of the local private security sector in the Central African Republic as a local response to the challenges of security. The author presents some evidence about how private security companies operate in the field and reveal interesting findings on the growth of one local sector. He also discusses some of the relationships between private and public provision of security in the local context. This work is based on fieldwork and secondary literature; it is part of wider research on how the private security industry operates in the sub-regional context that includes Darfur, Chad and the Central African Republic.

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