Significant developments have occurred in the situations of Libya and Côte d'Ivoire in the last day or so. Unfortunately, I think we can expect more complex conflicts arise as these scenarios move closer to the ultimate circumstances of the African continent. The "scramble for Africa" is usually correlated with the past but it sure does seem as though we're simply witnessing a current version of it today, doesn't it?
--After a week-long siege at his residence in Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested.
--Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi has agreed to an African Union peace plan that calls on combatants to lay down their arms and come to the talking table. Rebels are skeptical because the plan fails to call for the ouster of Gaddafi (however, the AU is also known for its support for him).