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Most states prioritise relations with their nearest neighbours. After all, those on one’s doorstep represent the closest opportunities for trade, travel and political ties. These countries will often share geographical, cultural and ethnic connections, and have had similar historical journeys.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 247, December 2016
The latest issue of the South African Journal of International Affairs, Volume 23.1, is now available. This issue includes articles on topics such as the impact of the diplomacy of cities and other sub-state actors on international development; the record of the African Union and the Responsibility To Protect doctrine in the post-Côte d’Ivoire period; shale gas production regulation in South Africa; and calls for a new development paradigm in the global South based on a 'decolonial' orientation, in which Ubuntu and 'living well' would be prioritised.
After relatively peaceful elections in Guinea-Conakry returned outgoing President Alpha Conde to power last week in the first round of voting, another West African country - Côte d'Ivoire - is heading to watershed presidential elections on 25 October 2015.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 110, October 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 107, January 2012
With the conflict now ostensibly over in Ivory Coast, attention is now sure to turn to the blame game. For former President Laurent Gbagbo, and others who are likely to stand trial, it is not just the history books which are at stake, but their future freedom.
As the dust starts to settle on a devastated and traumatised Abidjan, attention has focused on Alassane Ouattara, now the effective, as well as elective, leader of the country. Common views in the international media are that he has to play the reconciliation card, and probably form a government of national unity to appease those who fear exclusion.
All political leaders come to power owing something to someone. And paying those debts is usually a major feature of their first years in office. In the case of Ivory Coast's new President, Alassane Ouattara, this is doubly so. The fact that Mr Ouattara won November's elections is now accepted by all of the African Union. This election victory is of course his main card.
The slide towards civil war in Côte d’Ivoire looks, on the face of it, like a fight between two men in business suits. One refuses to leave power and the other  wants to exercise the right bestowed on him by the country’s voters and take over as president.
The path back to peace requires barring all current political rivals, establishing an interim government and holding internationally conducted electionsFOR the international community to intervene decisively in a particular conflict, it is always better if a clear picture of good guys and bad guys can emerge. Anything less and the world dithers. Most decision-makers take an 'innocent until proven guilty' approach to ruling parties and rebels. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to give easy answers. At times, all the protagonists are unfit to rule. What can the international community do then? That is the fundamental problem in Côte d'Ivoire…
eAfrica, July 2005PEACE is within Côte d'Ivoire's grasp, if only the government and rebels honour their pledges, Pierre Schori of the UN mission in Abidjan said last month, after another delay to the preparations for elections in October.