NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR INTERVIEWED BY AFRICAN NEWS SERVICE ON SITUATION IN GUINEA
November 8, 2006
HARRISONBURG—Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, was interviewed by the African news service GuinéeNews on the situation in Guinea.
The text of Dr. Pham’s extensive remarks in French, headlined “Un think tank américain avertit: ‘Le prochain chaos en Guinée’” (“An American think tank warns: ‘The coming chaos in Guinea’”), was published along with an analysis by Boubacar Bah, editor of GuinéeNews, the largest independent news service covering the West African nation which is strategically important because it possesses almost one-third of the world’s total recoverable bauxite deposits and supplies nearly 50 percent of North America’s bauxite imports (bauxite contains aluminum oxide, the primary ingredient for aluminum smelting).
Last week, in his weekly column distributed by the World Defense Review, Dr. Pham predicted an imminent crisis as Guinea faces the end of the long tenure of President Lansana Conté, a septuagenarian military officer suffering from acute diabetes, leukemia, and a host of other known maladies, who has made no definite plans for a smooth handover of power.