Past event

Research Event

The Trials of Transition: Power, Politics and Potential in Condé's Guinea

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme


Bram Posthumus, Freelance Journalist, Dakar
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; and Head, Africa Programme


The speaker will discuss the key challenges – old and new – that Guinea faces in its difficult transition to democracy, and implications for the region and international partners. 

For a country scarred by a history of violence and authoritarianism, Guinea's first ever real democratic election in November 2010 was a milestone. Since then President Alpha Condé has demonstrated a willingness to run a professional administration and implement policies to stabilize the economy, strengthen Guinea's fragile democracy and improve its profile with its regional and continental counterparts. But institutions and critical actors in Guinea have been shaped by years of repression, stymieing progress in many areas. Security forces in particular, used to the unbridled use of force, are proving slow to adapt and evolving ethnic tensions present a new emerging threat. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.