Narco-States: Africa’s Next Menace

By Davin O’Regan
Updated: 03/13/2012

drugwestafrica-300x199By Davin O’Regan. Africa Center for Strategic Studies, 2012. Op-Ed contributor – International Herald Tribune

Since emerging as Africa’s first narco-state in the mid 2000s, Guinea Bissau’s slide toward instability has been swift and precipitous. The homicide rate has spiked by 25 percent and is now nearly three times the global average. Meanwhile, poverty levels have remained near the very bottom of world rankings. Over the last five years its score on the well known “Failed States Index” has plunged more than any other country. [Read More]