The Battle for Cote d’Ivoire

The Center for Strategic & International Studies, in collaboration with the National Democratic Institute and the Open Society Foundations, hosts a discussion with the president-elect of Cote d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.

The political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire continues despite intense international efforts to negotiate a solution.  The winner of November’s presidential election, Alassane Ouattara, has been prevented from taking office by the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo.  He, along with his government-in-waiting, is confined to Abidjan’s Golf Hotel, protected by a cordon of UN peacekeepers and effectively cut off from the outside world. 

The Center for Strategic and International Studies has established a telephone link with President Ouattara, which will allow him to address a public audience in the United States for the first time since the election standoff began.

The event will be moderated by Jennifer Cooke, Director, CSIS Africa Program.

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa, National Democratic Institute
  • Akwe Amosu, Director of Africa Advocacy, Open Society Foundations


Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20006
B1 Level Conference Room

This event will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Date: January 14, 2011
Time: 10:0011:30 a.m.

CSIS, 1800 K St. NW, Washington, D.C.

Akwe Amosu, Jennifer Cooke, and Christopher Fomunyoh