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Senegal


2012

Situation
Senegal has long been considered among the most robust and stable democracies in West Africa, however, there were bouts of violence in the run-up to the February 2012 presidential election.  

Approach
Civilian responders from the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Justice deployed to Senegal in early 2012 to help U.S. Embassy Dakar analyze and report on local dynamics before, during, and after the presidential elections.  

Results
Several teams made up of CSO and U.S. Embassy Dakar personnel conducted interviews in different regions as part of an interagency assessment to better understand local dynamics in advance of elections scheduled for late February. On election day, the teams fanned out across the country to observe the voting while some civilian responders staffed the Embassy’s Election Command Center.  Together, they were able to report on, synthesize, and analyze the data from the field teams to help shape the U.S. government’s response. 


-11/25/14   Sant'Egidio Playing Vital Role in Effort to End 30-Year Conflict in Senegal
-09/09/13  Expeditionary Diplomacy and the Casamance Conflict; Dakar, Senegal
-04/22/13   State Magazine: Making Peace
-04/03/13   The End of a 30-Year Conflict May Be Near
-02/25/13   Update From the Field: Senegal

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