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Russian flags appeared on the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou shortly after the coup had been announced. Vincent Badoo/Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo

Burkina Faso coup raises questions about growing Russian involvement in west Africa

Burkina Faso looks to be the latest west African state where Russian influence is on the rise.
A man with the Malian National flag joins a demonstration in Bamako after the military junta called for protests against sanctions imposed over delayed elections. Photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP via Getty Images

Why West Africa has had so many coups and how to prevent more

Unimpressive democratic conditions and foreign influence in African countries make recent attempted and successful military takeovers unsurprising.
Des manifestants tiennent une photo du lieutenant-colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, qui a mené le coup d'État contre le président du Burkina Faso, Roch Kaboré. Photo by Olympia De Maismont/AFP via Getty Images

Après un quatrième coup d'État en Afrique de l'Ouest, il est temps de réajuster la réponse internationale

Avec le dernier coup d'État au Burkina Faso, les décideurs politiques ouest-africains, français et américains sont à la croisée des chemins.
A stash of Kalashnikovs and locally made hunting rifles surrendered by a local vigilante group in Zamfara State, northwest Nigeria. Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images

Arms trade to Africa can be opaque: why this is dangerous

New illicit flows of arms and ammunition contribute to fueling conflict and instability in West Africa.

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