President-elect Alassane Ouattara asked the United Nations this week to provide 'legitimate force' to protect civilians, but Ivory Coast is unlikely to receive the kind of international military intervention currently underway in Libya.
Since the unrest that has swept the Arab world began in January, many of West Africa's leader nations have been distancing themselves from the crumbling regimes to their north.
Just five months after a disputed election, United Nations Special Representative to West Africa Said Djinnit says that there are signals that Guinea could slide into prosperity, or something like it.
A resurgence of violence in Ivory Coast this weekend put a hold on African Union mediation efforts, but African leaders continue to resist international efforts to intervene further.
A new mobile banking service tries to navigate the geography and politics of Afghanistan.
ATMs, check cashiers, and Western Union have all reportedly run out of cash in Ivory Coast, a heartbreak for nervous Ivorians in long lines.
Internet statistics show that sub-Saharan Africa is on the cusp of an Internet boom, and Google plans to be there to reap the rewards.
South African President Jacob Zuma is set to go to Ivory Coast this weekend in a bid to negotiate a powersharing agreement that will pull the country back from the brink of another civil war.
Proponents say that a safety net in the form of social insurance for Thailand's informal workers – including taxi drivers, food vendors, garbage recyclers – could ease social tensions in a politically polarized nation.
As economies boom on both sides of the South Atlantic, analysts say new lines are being sketched between Africa and Latin America.