n African Renaissance - The attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea : implications for the promising prospects of using private armies to pacify African conflicts

Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Africa was the only continent where France could still "change the course of history with a few hundred men", Louis de Guiringaud, a former French foreign minister, famously said in 1977. In March this year a mere 88 men, mostly South Africans, tried to change the course of history in the oil-rich West African state of Equatorial Guinea. And indeed they may well have changed the course of history, but not quite as they intended. Their foolhardy plot to topple the government of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has set back the chances of private military companies playing a meaningful role in conflict resolution in Africa.

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