Gambia Intervention: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Days after losing an election and promising to cede power, long-time ruler of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh retracted that promise, and The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is a sub-unit of the African Union, declared that if Jammeh did not resign his post by the planned inauguration date of the 19th, that they would authorize a military intervention to remove him by force. It is 90 days exactly since the original ultimatum deadline for Jammeh’s term, so now seems a natural time to look back at those events and examine the end results. Continue reading Gambia Intervention: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Gambia, the ECOWAS, and Deposing Despots

Yahya Jammeh has ruled The Gambia for over two decades. But, last month, everything changed. Adama Barrow, a Western-educated businessman and politician, backed by a coalition of seven opposition and independent parties, won what appeared to be a free and fair election, only for Jammeh to reject the results. Continue reading The Gambia, the ECOWAS, and Deposing Despots