Making War in Cote d'Ivoire by Mike McGovern
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Making War in Cote d'Ivoire
By Mike McGovern

Making War in Cote d'Ivoire

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Making War in Cote d'Ivoire by Mike McGovern

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The conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has the characteristics of Shakespearean drama - the key figures are larger than life, each with a fatal flaw, and the self-destructive path each is following is clearly visible to all but themselves. Mike McGovern's book gives full play to the vibrant personalities involved, from Felix Houphouet-Boigny, 'The Ram', who cannily managed Ivorian politics for the country's first 33 years of independence, to the contemporary First Lady Simone Gbagbo. However, the analysis is of the dynamics in place that give certain predictability to the actions of each of the key figures in the drama. Does the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire derive from 'real' problems such as inter-ethnic competition within a shrinking economy, or is it in some way a series of man-made disasters, a kind of grotesque misunderstanding created out of hate-filled rhetoric? The answer proposed throughout is that since the 1990s politicians in Cote d'Ivoire have concentrated on perfecting the art of 'instrumentalising realities', or manipulating and amplifying existing tensions and resentments, and turning them into political capital.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781850658160
ISBN-10: 1850658161
Format: Paperback
(213mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 26-May-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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There is no civil war in Cote d'Ivoire. Even though a failed coup attempt in 2002 led to five years of violent clashes, the dispatch of 11,000 peacekeepers to the country, and the deaths of thousands of people, the conflict in Cote d'Ivoire has taken place in a grey area between peace and war. This book focuses on the Ivorian conflict.

Eat, Drink and be Kinky by Mike McGovern Eat, Drink and be Kinky, Paperback (October 2000)

Thanks to a successful career first as a singer and songwriter and now as a novelist, Kinky Friedman has become a connoisseur of good food and wine. Here, Mike McGovern shares an assortment of "Kinky-flavoured" recipes from soups and appetizers to desserts and drinks.

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Author Biography - Mike McGovern

MIKE MCGOVERN, who teaches anthropology at Yale University, was formerly Project Director in West Africa for the International Crisis Group.

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