n Conflict Trends - Côte d'Ivoire's post-conflict challenges

Volume 2011, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The post-electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire reached a turning point in early April 2011 with a brief, yet devastating, armed confrontation between the National Security and Defense Forces (NSDF) loyal to Laurent Gbagbo and the pro-Allassane Ouattara Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI). This culminated in the dramatic capture of Gbagbo on 11 April 2011 by FRCI forces with the strong backing of French troops, acting under the aegis of the United Nations (UN). The recourse to military force to resolve the Ivorian crisis was a policy of last resort, informed largely by the Gbagbo camp's intransigence that saw it systematically reject and frustrate all diplomatic efforts to resolve the stalemate peacefully - including the African Union's (AU) binding resolution issued on 10 March 2011. The outgoing president's intransigence was partly predicated on notions of resistance to imperialist designs in Côte d'Ivoire. The international recognition of Ouattara as the winner of the country's contested presidential elections was seen as the epitome of this imperialist design that therefore needed to be defeated at all costs.

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