This marks the 3rd of the four review pieces of documents from the electronic CSIS Africa Notes Archive that I promised to publish this summer. I have greatly enjoyed reading these pieces with the value of several decades of hindsight. My first two reviews, on Zimbabwe and Liberia respectively, covered nations that I know well and have visited multiple times.
Conversely, Guinea is a nation that I know little about, but find very interesting. Its first President, Sekou Toure, is a revered pan-Africanist figure (in certain circles), it was home to the American civil rights figure Stokely Carmichael for the last decades of his life, and although it has bumbled along from one authoritarian leader to the next, it has quite a wealth of mineral resources. Continue reading