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Mapping Conflict Motives: the Central African Republic
IPIS, November 2014

In this study, IPIS analyses the conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic (CAR) since the outbreak of the latest crisis in September 2012 up to September 2014. The analysis specifically looks into the motivations and interests of the main conflict parties, Seleka and anti-balaka, and the influence and interests of neighbouring countries. The report covers the following key questions. What is the background of the conflict parties Seleka and anti-balaka, and how are they structured? Which strategic interests do they prioritise, or ignore? What do they want to achieve? Do their actions correspond to their rhetoric? What has been Chadís, Sudanís and Cameroonís influence on the CAR conflict, and what have been their interests in it?

La traduction en franÁais sera disponible prochainement.

Together with the report, a web map of the area of focus has been published and is available at The web map presents various layers, which can be toggled on or off, including information on security incidents, areas under control of armed groups, natural resources, and a number of other features. The map is an integrated part of the research methodology and has been a crucial source for IPISí analysis.

Also have a look at the Infographic, at

This study was funded by the World Bank, Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention Unit.

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