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Civil War in Côte dIvoire: Another Perspective on the Economy and the Political Order in Africa

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Traditionally considered a haven of peace and political stability, Côte d'Ivoire is the latest country to experience civil war and political violence in Africa. Within days, the Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI), the Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP), and the Popular Movement for the Great West (MPIGO) claimed the rebellion and came together under the pseudonym of Forces Nouvelles. This chapter analyses the impact of regional and international diplomatic efforts in preventing further conflict. It considers the difficulties and shortcomings of the peace process. The chapter offers a prognostic view of the political economy of war and conflict in Africa. It raises some ideas on Africa's political backwardness, before advocating the expanding role of new regional conflict resolution and development initiatives. The chapter concludes that Côte d'Ivoire should serve as the blueprint to raise voices and concerns about a new dialectic of Africa's regional development and reconstruction.

Keywords: Côte d'Ivoire; Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP); Patriotic Movement of Ivory Coast (MPCI); political stability; Popular Movement for the Great West (MPIGO)



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