After some thirty years of stability under the leadership of President Houphouet-Boigny following its 1960 Independence, the Ivory Coast descended into a series of coups, civil war and increasing tensions manipulated along ethnic lines. The latest of which began following disputed Presidential elections in late-2010. Several weeks of battles left thousands dead and eventually led to the capture of President Laurent Gbagbo, after intense aerial bombing of his positions by the UN and French Licorne forces. Opposition leader, Alassane Ouattara was later sworn in as President, vowing to create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as sporadic violence and abuses continued.
Examining the post-conflict security issues faced by Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast Read more
Ivory Coast in Crisis: "We sat on the floor in terror, as they banged and banged repeatedly on our gate, shots and mortars exploding nearby." Read more