2011 has been a momentous year. The Arab Spring alone promises to reshape the human rights landscape. Add to that the independence of South Sudan, the apparent opening in Myanmar and Occupy Wall Street, and you have the makings of a watershed year.
Some government leaders keep going and going. They would rather see their country descend into anarchy than leave office. Gaddafi is one. Mugabe is another. So is the president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo.
Unless Gbagbo peacefully leaves power, it seems inevitable that violence and conflict will again reign in the Ivory Coast destroying thousands of lives and the economy of one of the more prosperous African countries.