"This report provides background on the evolving political, security, and humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), which began when a fractious rebel coalition seized control of the central government in March 2013. The report also describes U.S. policy responses and analyzes possible issues for Congress, including oversight of U.S. humanitarian assistance and support for international stabilization efforts in CAR. Congress may also influence the U.S. position in the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council over whether to authorize a U.N. peacekeeping operation in CAR, which would have cost and policy implications. The crisis in CAR also has implications for several broader issues in which some Members of Congress have demonstrated an interest in recent years. These include:  stability in the wider central Africa region;  the prevention of mass atrocities;  the status of U.S. efforts to counter the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a small but brutal militia present in CAR and neighboring states; and  the impact of instability in CAR on wildlife poaching and other cross-border criminal activity in the region."
CRS Report for Congress, R43377
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