Book Launch: Guinea-Bissau. Micro-State to ‘Narco-State’.
Edited by Patrick Chabal and Toby Green (Hurst Publishers)
Since 1998 Guinea-Bissau has suffered a series of coups which outside analysts have linked to its emergence as West Africa’s first ‘narco-state’. Yet what does this mean for the country and the nature of the state in postcolonial Africa? What links Guinea-Bissau’s instability with questions of wider regional and global security? What would a stable government look like in Guinea-Bissau, and what are the conditions for its achievement? The book constitutes the first synthetic attempt to grasp the consequences of the crisis in Guinea-Bissau. It fills a void in scholarship and policy analysis with a synthesis of both what has happened in the country and the wider implications for postcolonial African nation-building. With the current crisis in Mali, and rising interest among geopolitical actors in the region’s stability, the contributors offer timely reflections on the causes and consequences of instability in one of Africa’s most fragile states. Together they demonstrate how the undermining of the ideological construction of post-colonial African states derives from the historical fragilities and geopolitical conflicts which are acted out there.
The session includes a round table discussion with:
- Toby Green, King’s College London
- Philip Havik, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Lisbon
- José Lingna Nafafé, University of Bristol
- Nayanka Perdigão, African Leadership Centre, King’s College London
- Ramon Sarro, University of Oxford
Patrick Chabal was for many years a Professor at King’s College London, latterly as Chair of African History and Politics. He wrote many key works including Amilcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People’s War, Africa Works (with Jean-Pascal Daloz) and Africa: The Politics of Suffering and Smiling. He died in January 2014.
Toby Green is Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture at King’s College London. He has written and edited many works about the history of Guinea-Bissau and the wider sub-region, most recently (as editor), Brokers of Change: Atlantic Commerce and Cultures in Pre-Colonial Western Africa.
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