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Ivory Coast is on the mend after a lost decade of internal turmoil and civil war. Yet recent army mutinies and protests by angry cocoa producers show how little real progress has been made in diversifying the economy and creating reliable security forces. On the horizon, perhaps, looms a presidential succession crisis as well.
Dr. Emmanuel Martin
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.
Dr. Jaime Nogueira Pinto
International courts, organisations such as the European Commission and central banks are now so powerful that there is a danger that they can overrule democratic decisions, especially in weaker countries. The major powers are not affected, but at both legal and economic levels, poor national government policies are leading smaller nations into a new form of coloni...