Politically stable economies grow faster than their unstable counterparts. Despite this undisputed fact, political stability still proves to be elusive to many African countries. The instability of these nations ultimately affects investor confidence in surrounding economies. Recent political developments in Cote D’Ivoire, Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt will have significant economic effects on the continent. Is the insistence on democratic style governance in African countries the right strategy? Why have surrounding countries or coalitions such as the African Union been relatively ineffective at peacekeeping and handling the conflicts on the continent.