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About Gilles Olakounlé Yabi

Gilles Olakounlé Yabi is west Africa project director of the International Crisis Group. He was formerly a journalist for Jeune Afrique magazine, and an independent researcher and consultant in the fields of conflict analysis, peacekeeping operations and political governance in west Africa

Articles by Gilles Olakounlé Yabi

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Mali's crisis: pitfalls and pathways

A short-lived military coup in Mali highlights the complex crisis unfolding in the country's north, where armed groups and religious networks are active among a disaffected Tuareg population. Both immediate measures and an intelligent medium-term strategy are needed to preserve the nation's unity and create new foundations for progress, says Gilles Olakounlé Yabi. 

 

Liberia: the post-election challenges

The years of conflict in Liberia have left a heavy legacy and ensured that the return to democracy has been bumpy. This makes both major internal reform and international support for the west African state vital, says Gilles Olakounlé Yabi.

Guinea: a state of suspension

An explosive political crisis is subsiding. But the west African state is still caught between an ailing autocrat, a desperate people and an uncertain future, says Gilles Olakounlé Yabi
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