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The Gambia Demonstrates the Potential of Regional Action

The tiny West African nation of The Gambia, a tropical country famed for its beautiful beaches, stunning vistas, and warm hospitality, has had a turbulent few years. Ruled for over two decades by President Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia experienced a progressive slide into authoritarianism from 1994 until late 2016, when a political and military intervention spearheaded by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) succeeded in forcing Jammeh’s resignation.

During Jammeh’s 22 years in power, The Gambia experienced a sharp curtailing of basic human rights and freedoms, as well as a crackdown on independent journalism. Under Jammeh’s regime, human rights activists in the country were considered as “saboteurs,” and their offenses were punishable by death. In addition, its strategic coastal location, weak judicial system, and endemic corruption continued to make The Gambia a desirable transit point for drug traffickers operating networks between Latin America and Europe. In mid-2010, The Gambia gained notoriety not only for its authoritarian leader and draconian laws, but also as being the locale of the largest drug bust in the history of West Africa, with an estimated US$1 billion in cocaine seized from a warehouse in the northwest of the country.

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Springtime for Castro and Cuba; Winter for Ukraine and Libya

South Sudan has topped the Fragile States Index for the second year in succession, as the country continues to be wracked by internal conflict, fractious politics, and poverty. South Sudan is joined at the most fragile end of the Index by countries that have long struggled, such as Somalia, Central African Republic, Sudan, and D.R. […]

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Recessions, protests, violence - the 2021 #FragileStatesIndex examines the overlapping challenges of the COVID-19 crisis on fragility in 179 countries. Join us for the launch event with partners @intalert. Register now:

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COVID and Conflict: Bouncing Back from Crisis

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📣 MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Join us for the exciting launch of @fundforpeace's 2021 #FragileStatesIndex on May 20. Panelists include AfP's @Lizhume4peace, @ChrisCoons, @RepMcCaul, Cindy Chungong @intalert, @nealinp, @FiertzNatalie, & @AfDB_Group

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2020 was a year of incredible change, states dealing with an inundation of stressors, and exhibiting incredible resilience. The FSI will be an invaluable tool for generating analysis this year, and I’m so excited for its launch and all of the amazing speakers we have lined up!!

📈What has been the impact of COVID-19 on #FragileStatesIndex indicators worldwide? Hear the latest data on 179 countries at our 2021 launch event with @intalert Sign up:

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COVID and Conflict: Bouncing Back from Crisis

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