Mastering violence in the Ivory Coast Republic

The civil war that has been going on for a decade in Ivory Coast reached a climax in November 2002 when hundreds of former military soldiers and NCO attempted to strike a blow against President Gbagbo. On this occasion, the French armed forces deployed in the country to calm down the situation practiced a special doctrine called « Mastering violence operations ». Intervening as a third party between belligerents, the French forces defused the crisis escalation by denying the warring parties any advantage of their strategy of violence. These efforts consisting in « freezing » the military operations in the field, helped prevent a deadly escalation and gave diplomats of the UN, ECOWAS and France enough time to craft a framework for the political agreements required for a mid-term settlement of the conflict. – Summary AFRI-2004