Mobilization, Negotiation, and Transition in Burkina Faso

Eloïse Bertrand
Content Type
Special Report
United States Institute of Peace
In October 2014, a massive popular uprising unseated Burkina Faso’s long-time president, Blaise Compaoré, and drove a civilian-led transition that culminated in free and fair elections in November 2015. This report shows the importance of the national culture of dialogue and consensus and the benefit of a vast, resilient network across negotiating groups. Although violence in the country has since increased, lessons from Burkina Faso’s transition can inform the dynamics of popular mobilization, negotiations, and prospects for long-term peace and democracy in other settings.
Democracy, Negotiation, Transition, Nonviolence
Political Geography
Africa, Burkina Faso