n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Confronting complex political crises in West Africa : an analysis of ECOWAS responses to Niger and Côte d'Ivoire

Volume 2011, Issue 230
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



This paper aims to explain how the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has attempted to address the crises in Niger and Côte d'Ivoire. it argues that, for once, in spite of its structural and political deficiencies, ECOWAS more or less remained within its normative and institutional framework in its attempts to resolve the two crises. The paper places the response of ECOWAS to the situations in Niger and Côte d'Ivoire in its proper political context and explores the strengths and weaknesses of the regional body in addressing two political crises, one emanating from constitutional manipulation and the other from contested electoral results. It concludes that ECOWAS policies on issues of peace and security are works in progress.

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