(Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an analysis, written by Martin Forgues, on the current situation in the Central African Republic. You can read Part 1 here. This piece will discuss the use of a multinational Rapid Deployment Force.)
The current crisis in Central African Republic, which is now bringing the small African nation to the brink of genocide, is not only a reminder that there is no way Humanity will ever learn from history, it should also be the catalyst to revive a decades-old debate in diplomatic circles: Should there be a multinational Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) under United Nations leadership to deal with this type of quickly-started, rapidly-expanding conflict?
Of course, this is complex question, if not a new one, having been debated for decades already. One compelling case was brought to the table by foreign policy expert Peter Langille in Conflict Prevention: Options for Rapid Deployment and UN Standing Forces, published in a collective work called Warlords, Hawks and Doves: Peacekeeping as Conflict Resolution.
While essentially a good, even noble, idea, problems arise when wishful thinking comes up against reality in regards to the idea of a Rapid Deployment Force, be them military, economic, political. Let’s examine some of these and their possible workarounds, in a nutshell.