Addressing Côte d’Ivoire’s Deeper Crisis

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 02/28/2012

Abidjan-webBy Thierno Mouctar Bah. Africa Center for Strategic Studies, March 2012.

Although Côte d’Ivoire’s traumatic post-election standoff has been resolved, legacies of a national identity crisis fostered during ten years of exploitation of ethnic and regional divisions have left this strategic West African country vulnerable to further instability. Avoiding this will require constructive engagement from Côte d’Ivoire’s neighbors. International partners’ assistance is also needed to build stronger national institutions, particularly a more independent electoral commission and professional military, as well as reinforcement of traditional reconciliation mechanisms.

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