Africa Center Special Report No. 2

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Advancing Stability and Reconciliation in Guinea-Bissau: Lessons from Africa’s First Narco-State

By Davin O’Regan and Peter Thompson

June 30, 2013

Guinea-Bissau cocaine

Large quantities of cocaine have flowed through Guinea-Bissau for nearly a decade, accelerating a cycle of coups and crises that demonstrate the broad threats posed by narco-trafficking in Africa. The direct involvement of military and political leaders in the trade has also hollowed out state structures, creating a significant obstacle to stabilizing the situation. Addressing these challenges will require fundamental reforms to the presidency, a top-heavy military, and international counter narcotics cooperation.

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