Africa Security Brief No. 19

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Addressing Côte d’Ivoire’s Deeper Crisis

By Thierno Mouctar Bah

March 31, 2012

Partnership for Transition in Côte d’Ivoire . ©EC/ECHO/Anouk DelafortrieAlthough 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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