The Ivory Coast announced this week that it has suspended cocoa and coffee shipments for the next month. The ban is intended to prevent incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo from receiving revenue from the exportation of cocoa beans. Gbagbo lost the Ivory Coast’s November presidential election to Alassane Ouattara, but has refused to relinquish his power. Most of the international community, including both the United Nations and the U.S., recognize Ouattara as the winner of the elections and have backed the Ivory Coast’s export ban. The Ivory Coast is considered the largest producer of cocoa beans and accounts for approximately one third of total global production. Do you think the export ban will successfully prevent Gbagbo from receiving money? Will it be enough to force him out of office? What will the export ban mean for chocolate producers in the rest of the world who rely on the Ivory Coast’s cocoa beans?