The Burundian army’s dangerous over-reliance on peacekeeping

Burundi needs international peacekeeping missions to keep its troops paid and happy.

Peacekeeping missions need Burundian troops.

But for how long?

The crisis that has engulfed Burundi since April 2015 is the result of infighting among a small number of insiders belonging to the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD.

Having all fought in the bush together, some of them felt that the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, should make way for others to have a turn at the top job, and refused to accept his plan to rule for life.

Repa 1aMost senior members of the regime were and remain officers, having joined the new army at senior ranks after the…

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