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Guinea’s Other Emergency: Organising Elections

Africa Briefing N°106, 15 December 2014

A Guinean voter casts his ballot as others queue at a polling station in Conakry on September 28, 2013 in the first parliamentary elections in the troubled west African nation for more than a decade.

Guinea approaches the second free presidential election in its history under difficult circumstances. Unless the government convenes a serious dialogue with the opposition, it risks electoral violence and exacerbating ethnic divisions.

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Guinea’s Other Emergency: Organising Elections, Africa Briefing N°106, 15 Dec 2014

Guinea approaches the second free presidential election in its history under difficult circumstances. Unless the government convenes a serious dialogue with the opposition, it risks electoral violence and exacerbating ethnic divisions.

Nigeria’s Dangerous 2015 Elections: Limiting the Violence, Africa Report N°220, 21 Nov 2014

Nigeria’s politics is sliding dangerously towards violence before, during and after the February 2015 elections. With only three months to the polls, mitigating bloodshed requires urgent improvements in security and electoral arrangements, as well as in political mind-sets.

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers, Africa Briefing N°104, 18 Nov 2014

As the last phase of negotiations resumes on 20 November, the Algeria-led talks between the Malian government and the armed groups in the north should not be rushed as they offer a unique opportunity for a sustainable peace agreement.

Guinea-Bissau: Elections, But Then What?, Africa Briefing N°98, 8 Apr 2014

Guinea-Bissau’s elections are an important first step, but to address its economic and political fragility, the country needs strong international help, as well as political and military will for reform.

Curbing Violence in Nigeria (II): The Boko Haram Insurgency, Africa Report N°216, 3 Apr 2014

In an environment of poverty, injustice and lack of political will for reform, Boko Haram is increasingly putting local and regional stability at risk. 中文

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation, Africa Report N°212, 28 Jan 2014

Working to reduce tensions in western Côte d’Ivoire, a flashpoint for ethnic, political and economic rivalries, is imperative to ensure lasting stability and pave the way for national reconciliation.  

Mali: Reform or Relapse, Africa Report N°210, 10 Jan 2014

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta’s current legitimacy and a strong international presence give Mali a unique opportunity to engage in serious reforms and inclusive dialogue. However, the window for change is narrow and dangerous political habits are resurfacing.

Niger: Another Weak Link in the Sahel?, Africa Report N°208, 19 Sep 2013

Suicide attacks on military and mining targets, followed by a violent prison break in the capital, revealed Niger’s fragile stability in a crisis-ridden neighbourhood.

Burkina Faso: With or Without Compaoré, Times of Uncertainty, Africa Report N°205, 22 Jul 2013

If President Blaise Compaoré fails to manage his departure well, the country could face political upheaval in an increasingly troubled region.

Mali: Security, Dialogue and Meaningful Reform, Africa Report N°201, 11 Apr 2013

Mali and its international partners need to seize the moment for national dialogue to forestall renewed political and security crises. 

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