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Why aren’t sanctions preventing coups in Africa?

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In response to the resurgence of coups since 2019, the African Union (AU) and regional economic blocs have issued sanctions against errant states, predominantly...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

Guterres decries African coups

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A succession of military coups across Africa emphasise the need for durable democratic governance and the rule of law United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio...

West African countries show how decades of working together build peace,...

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Africa is often portrayed as a continent ravaged by war, terrorism, poverty and political instability. But over the past five decades few violent conflicts...

ISS: New targets needed to manage West Africa’s military transitions

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Since August 2020, five coups have occurred in three West African countries – Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau have weathered...

West Africa has experienced a wave of coups – superficial democracy...

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West Africa has seen coups and military takeovers in three countries in 2022. Like those of the past, they came with promises of a...

AU summit concerned about “resurgence” of coups on continent

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A weekend African Union (AU) summit in Malabo had at its core stemming “the upsurge of an increasingly worrying situation” as regards issues affecting...

Africa’s tolerance for coups “no longer exists”, says Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the African Union and its Member States are demonstrating that the acceptance of unconstitutional takeovers of governments on the continent...

Leaders seek solutions to recent coups in Sahel, West Africa

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The scene has played out repeatedly across the Sahel in recent years: A group of military officers take to the airwaves to announce that...

Jihadism and coups in West Africa’s Sahel region: a complex relationship

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The political instability and insecurity in some Sahelian states in West Africa has led to the capture of political power by their military in...

Africa is beset with coups and conflicts – how the trend...

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On the evening of 15 February 2022, reports emerged that key police and military officials in Djibouti were put under house arrest, reportedly amid...

Wave of juntas in Africa and the worrisome celebratory reception by...

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Within the past 18 months, Africa has experienced six coups, with the most recent in Burkina Faso on 24 January, rekindling the debate regarding...

Support countries facing ‘unconstitutional’ takeovers – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the continued support for African countries facing the resurgence of “unconstitutional changes of government” on the continent. The President...

‘An epidemic’ of coups, UN chief laments, urging Security Council to...

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UN chief Antonio Guterres assailed what he called "an epidemic of coup d'états" on Tuesday and urged the Security Council to act to effectively...

‘Ethnic stacking’ fuels coups

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Long-serving dictators have many tricks to help them hold onto power. One is a process known as “coup-proofing,” or building armed forces that will...

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