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Title:Still standing: neighbourhood wars and political stability in Guinea
Author:Arieff, AlexisISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:47
Issue:3
Pages:331-348
Language:English
Geographic term:Guinea
Subjects:political stability
heads of State
war
About persons:Ahmed Sékou Touré (1922-1984)ISNI
Lansana Conté (1984-2008)
Abstract:The Republic of Guinea is located in a particularly turbulent region of Africa. However, while several conflicts in neighbouring countries - Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone - have spilled over Guinea's borders, the country's central government has displayed a seemingly unlikely stability. Until a bloodless coup in December 2008 brought a military junta to power, the country had had only two presidents since independence, both of whom died of natural causes while still in office. Ahmed Sékou Touré, Guinea's first leader, deftly used the anticolonial insurgency in neighbouring Guinea-Bissau to enhance his political credentials and control domestic and international opposition. The administration of the late President Lansana Conté leveraged regional warfare to solidify its command over remote provinces, increase government revenues, bolster military capacity, and improve regional diplomatic relations. This paper supports the analysis of civil wars as regional phenomena, while shedding light on mechanisms that may interact in counter-intuitive ways with the dynamics of State strength. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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