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The UN’s Successful Intervention in Cote D’Ivoire

The UN’s Successful Intervention in Cote D’Ivoire

I hear people badmouth the United Nations…a lot.  “What the hell is the point of a United Nations?  They don’t actually do anything.”  In the back of my mind, I always sort of disagreed, but wasn’t really sure because I actually didn’t have any tangible examples to back up my position.  The World Food Program maybe?  The UN High Council on Refugees?  I have always felt that an open and transparent forum to discuss global issues between countries, even if…

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Cote D’Ivoire and the “Big Man” in African Politics

Cote D’Ivoire and the “Big Man” in African Politics

The big news in West Africa (and the rest of the world) is the election crisis in Cote D’Ivoire, the next-door neighbor of Ghana. I have talked to a lot of people about what’s happening and have tried to learn as much as I can about the issue. Basically, Cote D’Ivoire recently held a presidential election. The incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo, is a former history professor who took became president in 2000 in a contested election. Despite losing the most recent…

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Crisis in Cote D’Ivoire: How Political Instability Alters Trade Patterns

Crisis in Cote D’Ivoire: How Political Instability Alters Trade Patterns

The big news in this part of the world (West Africa) is the recent democratic election in Cote D’Ivoire, which saw the anointing of not one but two presidents.  The incumbent president, who has led the country for 10 years and is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office, is refusing to step down after a decisive 54-46 loss to Alassane Ouattara, an economist and technocrat who also happens to be both a Muslim and a leader of…

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