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Scott Straus

Blog Entries by Scott Straus

Gbagbo's Blame Game

Posted April 12, 2011 | 14:13:24 (EST)

Today Laurent Gbagbo was captured, and at long last the Ivorian political crisis looks ready to subside. "The nightmare is over," declared Guillaume Soro, Côte d'Ivoire's incoming Prime Minister. But if the past is any prelude, we are likely to see a new war of words in the...

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The Battle for Abidjan

Posted April 1, 2011 | 11:49:22 (EST)

After four months of torturous political deadlock, an endgame is in sight in Côte d'Ivoire. The internationally-recognized winner of the 2010 presidential elections, Alassane Ouattara, gave incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo every opportunity to bow out peacefully. He refused, and Ouattara and his allies correctly concluded that military force...

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Last Chance in Côte d'Ivoire

Posted March 10, 2011 | 08:11:50 (EST)

Co-authored by Thomas Bassett

While international attention has been focused on North Africa and the Middle East in recent weeks, the electoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire has worsened and is entering a new and dangerous phase. Repeated efforts at international mediation have failed, and despite a financial squeeze on the...

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Rwanda's Renaissance Goes off the Rails

Posted August 12, 2010 | 16:15:56 (EST)

As expected, President Paul Kagame has just won another seven years in power (to add to the last 15) with an unconvincing 93% of the vote. The assassinations, attempted assassinations, arrests, and repression directed against political opponents and independent journalists have taken some of the shine off this "beacon...

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