The History Behind Guinea’s Latest Coup

Guinean President Alpha Conde at the State Department in Washington, Sept. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
Guinean President Alpha Conde at the State Department in Washington, Sept. 13, 2019 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
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As a college student in the United States in the late 1970s whose family had recently moved to West Africa, my studies focused on African politics, and I was particularly and irresistibly drawn in by the stories of the continent’s first generation of post-independence leaders. Their narratives were almost mythic in their richness and power. There was the doomed Patrice Lumumba, a former postal clerk who had become the first prime minister of Congo, publicly lecturing the king of Belgium on the eve of Kinshasa’s independence from that country about the Congolese people’s will to dignity. There was Ghana’s Kwame […]

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