Located between Chad, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic (CAR) lies at the center of an unstable region. A decade of internal conflicts has led to chronic insecurity, particularly in the north. Since 2008, an inclusive political dialogue has moved the country toward political reconciliation and offered the hope of renewed development. Still, the CAR is handicapped by its geography: fighters and guns from its neighbors flow freely across its borders rarely challenged by CAR's ill-equipped army. The Lord Resistance Army's highly-publicized incursion is the most recent example of external destabilizing forces.
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