The United States and the European Union have successfully enhanced our practical EU-U.S. security and crisis response managementcooperation, especially U.S. cooperation with the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy operations, the EU’s mechanism for deploying crisis management missions around the world. U.S. and EU personnel and forces continue to work hand-in-hand to address crises in international security, particularly in Africa.
The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is little known, at least compared with other more high-profile humanitarian crises such as Syria. But the impact of the crisis for the people of that country and the potential negative effects across what is still a fragile region have been profound. As of October 2014, more than 425,000 people have fled CAR. They have suffered from intense violence and shocking levels of malnutrition during their long and treacherous journey to find refuge.
The European Union, under the leadership of former ECHO Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, has been in the fore the past two years in calling attention to the CAR crisis. The United States is the largest humanitarian donor in the region, providing nearly $150 million inside CAR and for CAR refugees in neighboring countries. Therefore, it is only fitting that USEU together with EU partners and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should have joined forces recently to raise awareness of the regional dimensions of this crisis. Continue reading “Transatlantic Partners Raise Awareness of Regional Impact of CAR Crisis”