The authors would like to thank David Leonard and Scott Straus for their very valuable comments, Matthew Benson and Mathilde Gingembre for their work as research assistants, and Shona McCulloch and Freida Ibiduni M'Cormack for their editorial support.
The Dynamics of Restraint in Côte d'Ivoire
Article first published online: 8 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. IDS Bulletin © 2013 Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: Piecing it Together: Post-conflict Security in an Africa of Networked, Multilevel Governance
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 72–86, January 2013
How to Cite
Allouche, J. and Zadi Zadi, P. A. (2013), The Dynamics of Restraint in Côte d'Ivoire. IDS Bulletin, 44: 72–86. doi: 10.1111/1759-5436.12008
- Issue published online: 8 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 8 JAN 2013
Research on conflict prevention has mainly focused on the causes of war and post-conflict reconstruction. Our knowledge on how civilians manage to contain violence in unstable and conflict environments is, however, very limited. This article aims to understand, in the context of the civil war in Côte d'Ivoire, how and why ‘islands of peace’ emerge during outbreaks of violence. It identifies both the local and structural conditions and mechanisms (including formal and informal) that help to mitigate violence and encourage restraint in conflict-affected and unstable situations. Our research and analysis has focused on the western region, which is the epicentre of violence. Semi-structured interviews with Young Patriots members, the military, the business community, representatives of women's NGOs, traditional leaders and representatives of the religious community, along with interviews in Abidjan, provided the primary data for our analysis.