Rich natural resources and a strategically important regional position in West Africa offer opportunity for foreign investors in Ivory Coast. But these economic prospects are endangered by a north-south division along racial and religious lines which has led to two civil wars and continuing instability and threats to security.

<i>Ivory Coast has been plagued by unrest and security challenges for decades. These peaked in 2002 with civil war. The highly contested 2010 presidential election reopened old ethnic, land, security and identity problems and triggered another devastating conflict which had a big impact on the economy of what was once West Africa’s leading agro-industrial ...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
Divisions based on identity, ethnicity and region, combined with land ownership problems, remain a risk factor with the western and southwestern regions of particular concern in the current political predicament
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