Despite the criticisms the African Union has faced over the last two decades, it is far from being a docile follower of the orders of its member states.
The January 6, 2021, Capitol riot happened a year ago. But the attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power was just one part of a larger, and more long-term, attempt to undo US democracy.
Reconnaitre le coup en Guinée ne ferait qu’encourager de futures interventions des militaires. Mais rendre son fauteuil à Alpha Condé ne rétablirait pas la démocratie.
Any recognition of the coup could incentivise future ones. Yet Alpha Condé can’t simply be restored to office, sweeping under the carpet the dubious basis on which he has retained power.
If the Economic Community of West African States is to be a champion for good governance, it should address the root causes of political instability and coups.
Whatever its flaws, it doesn’t mean the government action plan should be ignored or opposed. Rather, more needs to be done to achieve its goals.
With hundreds now killed since the coup and civilians increasingly taking up arms against the junta, there are fears the country could be headed toward civil war.
Mali’s recent coup is a reflection of power wrangling between politicians and the military.
Although there had been an increase in violence in Niger since the last election results were announced, the attempted coup, on March 31, raised concerns to a new level in the volatile country.
Internet shutdowns and social media bans in Myanmar have helped the military retain control after the Feb. 1 coup. Here’s why ISPs should develop clear policies around forced internet shutdowns.
It is difficult to see how the military will benefit from another coup, since it already enjoyed immense political and economic influence under the previous power-sharing agreement.
The FBI has long warned that white supremacist groups are seeking to infiltrate police, which makes the events of Jan. 6 all the more concerning.
Touré pursued a strategy he called ‘the politics of consensus’, ostensibly enabling him to work with everyone, transcend partisan divisions and advance the public interest.
The transition to a civilian government won’t be smooth.
Venezuela is on the cusp of a coup, and a familiar face has emerged from house arrest to lead the charge against President Nicolás Maduro.
A coup seems so imminent in Venezuela that people are debating whether Maduro’s overthrow would be good or bad for Venezuelan democracy. But history suggests a coup may be less likely than it seems.
Forefather of contemporary neoliberalism or violent dictator – Pinochet’s complicated legacy in Chile and the world.
Zimbabweans have every right to celebrate the end of Robert Mugabe’s long and disastrous reign, but they would be wrong to assume that this is the end of their political problems.
After the fall of autocratic ruler Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe faces a difficult choice between the stability of a transnational government or a potentially divisive election contest.
Countries - including many in Africa - have moved towards democracy incrementally. They have zig-zagged and sometimes regressed. Events in Zimbabwe should be seen in this light.