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AssessmentsDec 19, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
The scene at a meeting of Ivorian opposition parties on Sept. 14, 2019, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In Ivory Coast, an Impending Election Portends Instability
When Ivorians go to the polls in October 2020, they won't just be electing a new president, they'll also be testing the country's political stability. During the last decade, Ivory Coast has enjoyed rapid economic growth, averaging 8 percent of gross domestic product per year, following deadly and destabilizing post-electoral violence in 2010. Yet while the growth has been impressive, political reconciliation has lagged. As political forces in the country's three main regions gear up for battle next year, the question of whether Ivory Coast can prevent its political ghosts from returning to haunt the country -- and opening the door for Sahel-based militants to make more inroads in the process -- will be paramount for both the nation's stability and foreign investors.
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SnapshotsJan 15, 2019 | 21:28 GMT
Ivory Coast: An ICC Ruling Revives the Ghost of a President Past
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ordered the release of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Gbagbo's refusal to refusal to concede after losing the 2011 presidential election led to the deaths of over 3,000 people and the displacement of more than 500,000 more. However, according to the court's ruling, the prosecution did not bring forth sufficient evidence that Gbagbo and his associate, former political leader Charles Ble Goude, attempted to commit crimes against humanity in their attempt to stay in power.
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AssessmentsFeb 22, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
The Hidden Threat to Africa’s Most Promising Economy
The Hidden Threat to Africa's Most Promising Economy
Mutinies aren't unheard of in Ivory Coast, but lately they have become much more common within the country’s persistently underfunded military. Since Jan. 6, a spate of revolts has broken out among Ivorian forces, temporarily wreaking havoc in at least 10 different cities across the West African country. The latest bout of unrest, which began on Feb. 7, even involved members of an elite special forces unit. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has tried to placate the renegade troops by meeting some of their demands, but his acquiescence has only spurred new claims and public airing of grievances from other parts of the military. The unrest offers a rare glimpse into the deeper structural issues plaguing Africa's fastest-growing economy that, if left unaddressed, could threaten the country's stability ahead of its next presidential election in 2020.
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AssessmentsJan 17, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
A Congolese rebel alliance soldier surrounded by looters in Kinshasa prods a photograph of ousted Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. African populations are demanding more from their leaders, and not all leaders are prepared to give it.
In Africa, Modernity Challenges Traditional Governance
Two and a half decades after the Cold War ended, its effects are still being felt in Africa. The continent is inundated with power struggles, though the ones being waged today are much different from those traditionally fought. Modern dynamics have become superimposed over the customary elements of conflict, and African populations are holding their leaders to higher standards. Likewise, Western countries have also begun to demand more accountability and transparency from their African allies. As education levels continue to rise, and African countries develop economically and technologically, rulers find themselves more constrained than before. And some have weathered the new order better than others. Beyond regional factors, though, domestic factors continue to be equally critical to a leader's ultimate success -- or not.
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AssessmentsDec 13, 2016 | 09:33 GMT
The Secret to Senegal's Success
The Secret to Senegal's Success
Senegal has long been an entry point into Africa. Situated at the far west end of the continent on the Atlantic coast, the country has drawn foreign powers -- from Arab traders to European empires -- to its shores for centuries. More recently, Senegal has maintained a quiet influence in West Africa and in the Francophone world, despite its relative lack of natural resources, economic development and population size. The secret to its enduring importance lies in its geography and relative political stability.
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AssessmentsAug 18, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
A Presidential Power Play Underway in Ivory Coast
A Presidential Power Play Underway in Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast is moving to fulfill his 2015 campaign promise to put a new constitution up for ratification. The resolution authorizing the draft of a new charter passed overwhelmingly in the Ivorian National Assembly, 203-6, and the document, which is being drafted by a panel of experts, will be the subject of a popular referendum likely by the end of October. It appears it will pass despite some political opposition. Three clauses written into the draft constitution may greatly improve the stability of Ivory Coast, which has seen annual economic growth averaging almost 9 percent since 2012. The stability of French-speaking Africa's largest and most well-developed country in turn would affect the wider region, especially landlocked Burkina Faso. The changes are especially important as Guillaume Soro, the president of the Ivorian National Assembly and a former rebel commander, attempts to secure his political future while Ouattara
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AssessmentsAug 12, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso: An Incipient Reconciliation
Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso: A Measured Reconciliation
Relations between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso have begun to normalize in recent weeks, nearly two years after they were damaged in the aftermath of the fall of Burkina Faso's longtime president, Blaise Compaore. On July 28, the current Burkinabe president, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, met with his Ivorian counterpart, Alassane Ouattara, to sign 13 bilateral agreements, including ones proposing infrastructure development and tighter border security to combat terrorism. The meeting marked the first high-level summit between the neighbors since 2014 and is an important step toward normalizing relations.
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AssessmentsDec 15, 2011 | 13:07 GMT
U.S. Sanctions Zimbabwean Diamond Companies
The U.S. move likely comes less out of a concern for alleged human rights abuses in diamond mines in Zimbabwe's Marange region and more as a way of gaining leverage over the government in Harare.
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