Yahya Jammeh will certainly be removed if West Africa decides to use force. But that will come at a heavy price for The Gambia, the neighbouring states and the world as a whole
The Gambian election dispute is not the first that ECOWAS has confronted. Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election is a case in point. There it resorted to military action to enforce the outcome.
The gun attack at a hotel marks another bloody chapter in West Africa's fight against Islamist militancy.
How can the International Criminal Court serve justice in a climate of intense rumour and bitter suspicion?