Lying at the center of a tumultuous region, the Central African Republic and its turbulent history have often been overlooked. Democracy, in any kind of meaningful sense, has eluded the country. Since the mid-1990s, army mutinies and serial rebellion in CAR have resulted in two successful coups. Over the course of these upheavals, the country has become a laboratory for peacebuilding initiatives, hosting a two-decade-long succession of UN and regional peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and special political missions. Featuring contributions from the foremost experts on CAR, Making Sense of the Central African Republic provides the first in-depth analysis of the country’s recent history of rebellion, instability, and international and regional intervention.