It can be easy, once you have identified a trend, to view new situations through that lens as further proof of your assumption. I have witnessed this dynamic play out in the news recently when looking at the upcoming presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire. If you think the situation unfolding in Côte d’Ivoire is just another example of democratic backsliding in Africa, I urge you to take a closer look.

Côte d’Ivoire is a new democracy that has made great strides during the tenure of President Alassane Ouattara, emerging as one of the strongest economies and democracies in Africa, strengthening women’s rights and legal status, and becoming a valued trade and security partner of the United States in a region under increasing cross-border threats and attacks by militant extremists. Under his leadership, Côte d’Ivoire approved a new Constitution in 2016 that set a two-term limit for the presidency. …

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His Excellency Mamadou Haïdara

Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to the United States

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