Ivory Coast Leader Returns After a Decade Away
Acquitted at the International Criminal Court, former President Laurent Gbagbo could play a role in the current government.
America’s Democracy Demotion
Pro-democracy groups and foreign governments should be calling out Donald Trump’s attack on the country’s core democratic institutions. They aren’t.
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The lasting impact of Sanders and Corbyn, a profile of the UAE’s invisible Palestinian hand, and a drift toward authoritarianism in West Africa.
The African Union’s Hypocrisy Undermines Its Credibility
The AU’s double standard on lifelong leaders who reject term limits undercuts its moral standing to reject military coups.
The U.N. Secretary-General Is Letting Powerful Countries Get Away With Killing Kids
By removing Saudi Arabia and other serial violators of children’s human rights from the annual list of shame, António Guterres is weakening one of the U.N.’s most effective accountability mechanisms.
West African Leaders Are Rolling Back Democratic Gains
Taking a page from Vladimir Putin's playbook, undemocratic leaders in Guinea and Togo are seeking to extend their rule through ostensibly democratic means.
The Rise and Fall of Another African Donor Darling
Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara has won plaudits for his economic successes, but there are cracks in his democratic facade.
Peacebuilding’s Poster Child Is Losing Its Shine
Ivory Coast is often held up as a post-conflict success. That could all fall apart.
The Real Cost of Ivory Coast’s Military Mutiny
Former rebel soldiers took the government hostage because they hadn’t been paid. Could their antics bring down Africa’s highest-flying economy?
The United States Needs a Post-Election Peace Plan
I study fractured societies from post-war Côte d’Ivoire to post-Arab Spring Tunisia. Here’s how the next president can heal a divided electorate.