‘Provides a magisterial reading of the role of violence in the making of the CAR. Authoritative, nuanced, and empirically rich.’
Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley (Emeritus)
‘Those who wish to know Africa today need to know this book.’
Paul Richards, author of No Peace, No War: An Anthropology of Contemporary Armed Conflicts
‘If you want to understand why the CAR seems a perpetual work in regress, then Louisa Lombard’s book is a must-read.’
Stephen W. Smith, Duke University
‘In this stimulating and provocative book, Louisa Lombard proposes a new approach to peace-keeping, peace enforcement and humanitarian action.’
Jean-François Bayart, Graduate Institute Geneva
‘With a stunning combination of conceptual clarity and vivid ethnography, Louisa Lombard’s book challenges conventional wisdom on the roots of violence in the CAR.'
Marielle Debos, author of Living by the Gun in Chad
'A must-read for comparativists and IR scholars interested in peacebuilding, the state, and African politics, as well as for policy makers involved with these issues in the CAR and beyond.'