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Guinea-Bissau: Rescue from Collapse?

Chatham House, London

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José Ramos-Horta, UN Special Representative and Head, UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office, Guinea-Bissau
Chair: Alex Vines, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House


Guinea-Bissau held its first multiparty elections in the 1990s. Since then, although several elections have taken place, those elected have always been ousted by force rather than by popular vote. The country's incumbent transitional government resulted from a military coup d'état. Guinea Bissau is seen as a target for international drugs trafficking through West Africa to Europe and elsewhere.

Due to persistent political instability there is a risk of international fatigue with the country; however, the speaker will suggest that state failure could have serious ramifications for Guinea-Bissau's immediate neighbours and the wider region.

This meeting is held in association with the African Studies Centre, Coventry University.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.