We know that as long as corrupt officials, warlords, and predatory foreign forces profit from the war economy in the Central African Republic (CAR), they will reject peace. For this reason, we are laser focused on finding strategic ways to enact meaningful change in the region.
This week, we convened concerned constituents and engaged with policymakers to change the narrative and propose new solutions to address the complex crisis in CAR. Our goal is to expose the foreign interests fueling a conflict that is killing thousands and to advocate for the use of financial tools of pressure and hard-hitting actions by governments and the banking sector to create new leverage for peace.
In a series of briefings, videos, and op-eds, including this latest piece published by the Atlantic Council, The Sentry has shown how, with elections just two months away, France and Russia are interfering in CAR’s domestic politics, sowing conflict in a competition to gain geostrategic advantage and strip the country of its natural resources. This dynamic has turned the country into a silent, devastating proxy war fought between pro-French and pro-Russian actors and a breeding ground for organized crime and terror financing. Sadly, we have seen this movie before: if left unchecked, these illicit activities will have dangerous consequences for communities not just in CAR, but around the world.
The Sentry and the Open Square Project strongly believe that power should be shared, not hoarded or consolidated, and we are committed to working closely together to build equality around the world. Thanks to our partnership, The Sentry will continue to shine a spotlight on war profiteers, both foreign and domestic, in CAR and across the region. We hope that you will join us by sharing this important content and engaging with us on our future work in the region.
Co-Founder, The Sentry
President and Founder, Open Square Project
The Sentry would like to thank the Nationale Postcode Loterij, Players of People''s Postcode Lottery, Clooney Foundation for Justice, The Giustra International Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, whose support contributes to our CAR program. We are grateful for the support we receive from all our donors.
To learn more about all of The Sentry’s funders, please visit The Sentry website at www.thesentry.org/about
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