The Army has promised a bloodless rebellion against President Robert Mugabe, but there’s good reason to doubt their claims.
Some observers think Mugabe's overthrow by the Army might be a good thing for Zimbabwe. An Argentinean expert on Latin America's bloody military dictatorships disagrees.
Guinea coup leader Moussa Dadis Camara speaks to the media in 2009.
A well-trained military is crucial to a functioning civil democracy, but it can be a liability too.
Aung San Suu Kyi is sworn into office alongside her military counterparts.
Once a beacon of democratic hope, Myanmar's 'civilian' government is showing its true nature.
Who’s saluting whom?
By appointing generals to top political posts and hiking defence spending, Donald Trump is imperiling a cherished tenet of the US constitution: civilian control of the military.
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The world has waited hopefully for democracy to blossom in Myanmar. But the new regime looks much like the old one.
Trump has appointed ‘a cabinet of generals’ to lead the US.
General John Kelly, Trump's pick for the Department of Homeland Security, used to lead US military operations in Latin America. Now American citizens should be scared, too.
Outer space should be used for peace not war.
The rules on armed conflict on Earth are a major source of restraint on military operations. But the rules on the use of weapons in outer space are far from clear. We need to change that.
Some onlookers are suspicious that Venezuela's army is mounting a slow coup – but the country has been militarising itself for decades.
An African philosophy of education offers new ways of thinking about the continent.
Adopting an African philosophy of education can be a powerful tool to help the continent's universities create real social change and justice.
Lest we forget: Omar Torrijos’s mausoleum.
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The junta that governed Panama from 1968 to 1989 was hardly Latin America's deadliest. But that doesn't mean it was benign.
On the march.
Latin America's most important state could never succumb to another military coup. Could it?
Members of the National Reform Council pose for photographs after voting to reject a draft constitution – a decision that will put elections on hold until 2017.
The rejection of the draft constitution is not necessarily a setback for Thailand's military junta. It may even have been a ploy to extend its rule well past the promised date for elections.