"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

1.13.2011

a chat with Alassane Ouattara

Friday morning at 10am EST, the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosts a conversation with Alassane Ouattara, whom most international observers believe won Cote d'Ivoire's presidential election late last year. He'll be chatting with CSIS Africa Program Director Jennifer Cooke, Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute, and Akwe Amousu, Director of African Advocacy for the Open Society Foundations.

Thanks to the folks at CSIS, I'm happy to present a live stream of this event here. Log on at 10 on Friday to watch below:



Update: If you missed the conversation this morning. you can listen to it here.

Update 2: You can also watch the chat here (HT: @viewfromthecave)

7 Comments:

OpenID humanprovince said...

You know, as someone who insists that "decent people don't call it 'Ivory Coast,'" one would think that you could at least spell the country's name correctly.

It's Côte, not Cote, d'Ivoire.

Friday, January 14, 2011 1:21:00 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Blogger won't let me do accents in the platform. Believe me, I've tried.

Friday, January 14, 2011 9:02:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can cut and paste or use the French keyboard...just a suggestion from a French speaker.

Friday, January 14, 2011 9:19:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your analysis here. In particular

1. Why is it that the entire international community has rallied so quickly around a common position? And here I am looking for the cynical read - one that acknowledges the high level of tolerance within the int'l community for election losers who hang on to power. Why such example setting in Cote d'Ivoire? I would love to think this is about democracy promotion but.....

2. Military force being discussed as a resolution to a disputed election? Is this a good idea - even if it is just rhetoric?

Friday, January 14, 2011 10:02:00 AM

 
Anonymous Lucy said...

You can set blogger to write with accents and other foreign signs very easily.(somewhere in settings)
That is if you want to spell it in French.

Monday, January 17, 2011 5:24:00 AM

 
Anonymous Kofi-Bubu said...

"looking for the cynical read - one that acknowledges the high level of tolerance within the int'l community for election losers who hang on to power. Why such example setting in Cote d'Ivoire? I would love to think this is about democracy promotion but....."

The UN has been asked by both parties to help organize the elections and to certify (Linas-Marcoussis agreement) the results. It's also financed them to the tune of (I think) $400m. YJ Choi employed a number of methods which he believes have ensured that the irrefutable winner is Ouattara.

You can be a bit cynical here and doubt that, but if you think it's credible then you'd probably have to agree that the UN and by extension the int'l community has been taken for a ride.

To the best of my knowledge they haven't been invited to help organize or certify or finance the elections in Belarus and elsewhere and so they will feel less strongly about it.

Monday, January 17, 2011 4:47:00 PM

 
Anonymous Kofi-Bubu said...

LOL

"YJ Choi employed a number of methods which he believes have ensured that the irrefutable winner is Ouattara."

I meant he employed methods to _measure_ the election results and that these found that Ouattara has won.

Though the cynical view certainly would be that he ensured in some sinister way that Ouattara would "win".

Monday, January 17, 2011 4:50:00 PM

 

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