Relevant Reading:A Test for African Democracy—and International Commitment
J. Peter PhamEurope’s Failing Dream
Alina PolyakovaThe Dark Side of European Integration
Good evening, listeners! We’ve got an excellent episode for you this week, as host Richard Aldous welcomes two excellent guests to the show from the Atlantic Council.First, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council J. Peter Pham discusses the coming election in Guinea, only a month away. The country has had only four leaders since gaining independence from France in 1958, and observers are interested to see if the country can manage a peaceful, free, and fair election. He argues that the incumbent, President Alpha Condé, has given democracy something of a bad name with his poor performance over his first term, and discusses what effects these elections could have on regional security and stability. He also outlines America’s interests in the area.Then, associate director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council Alina Polyakova makes the case that crises in Europe—from the troubles with Greece this summer to the refugee problem dominating headlines today—represent huge opportunities for far-right political movements. She describes the rise of these parties as far-reaching and steady in recent years, and argues that part of the reason they’ve enjoyed more success is because they’ve grown savvier with their tactics.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous and Alina Polyakova @alinasphere on Twitter.