Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet greets U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1976.
It’s hard to overestimate the role Henry Kissinger played in Chile. A former Chilean diplomat describes the mark that the powerful statesman made in his country and elsewhere in the Global South.
Supporters of Niger’s coup leaders wave Niger’s flag (R) and a flag bearing Wagner’s logo during a protest on 16 September 2023.
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France’s withdrawal from Niger could hurt the regional fight against terrorism, create an opportunity for Wagner’s influence and increase Europe’s migrant crisis.
Ali Bongo Ondimba (in cap) and his wife, Sylvia (in blue shirt), at a campaign rally on 19 August 2023.
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Ali Bongo’s illness, the contagion effect of other recent successful coups and palace power tussles are factors responsible for Gabon’s recent coup.
Chadian soldiers form part of a regional force, 2015.
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Boko Haram may be the unintended beneficiary of the crisis created by the recent coup in Niger.
Nigeria-led Ecowas artillerymen land by helicopter on 10 January, 1999 in Freetown.
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The use of force to end the coup in Niger would come at great cost and cripple the regional fight against terrorism.
Niger’s coup leaders waving at a crowd of supporters in Niamey on August 6, 2023.
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A combination of Nigerian and Nigerien factors dim prospects of Ecowas military intervention in Niger.
Niger’s Gen Abdourahamane Tchiani declares himself head of state on 28 July 2023.
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Ethnic politics, the presence of foreign troops and the weaknesses of past responses to coups encouraged Niger’s recent military takeover.
Supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro clash with security forces.
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The sacking of key democratic institutions in Brasilia has parallels with the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol but was different in one key way: the position of the military.
A small group of protesters holds Russia and Burkina flags as they protest against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
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Although West Africa has made some headway with efforts to propagate democracy, its dividends, in the form of good governance, remain elusive.
Argentine protestors march on Memorial Day in March 2022, 46 years after the military coup d'état, to demand that justice be served.
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Instigated by multiple governments in South America, Operation Condor resulted in hundreds, potentially thousands, of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings.
Activists including Myanmar citizens protest in Tokyo on July 26, 2022, against Myanmar’s recent execution of four prisoners
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Myanmar’s military junta is losing some control over the country, but its execution of four high-profile leaders and prisoners sends a warning to Myanmar citizens and the rest of the world.
Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba is sworn in as head of state in Burkina Faso on February 16 after the January military coup.
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Thousands of people have fled inter-ethnic clashes in northern Cameroon.
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The failures of nominally elected governments has denied leaders - as well as the democratic system - a vanguard popular constituency.
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.
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Avec le dernier coup d'État au Burkina Faso, les décideurs politiques ouest-africains, français et américains sont à la croisée des chemins.
L'ancien président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré a été mis aux arrêts.
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L'Afrique a connu plus de tentatives de coup d'État en 2021 qu’au cours des cinq années précédentes réunies.
An honorary guard of Burkina Faso soldiers.
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Democracy is messy. It facilitates change, but through an imperfect process of self-correction. This requires patience, engagement, and commitment.
Un véhicule blindé russe de transport de troupes dans les rues de Bangui.
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Ce n’est qu’en accordant la priorité aux aspects civils de la gouvernance, tels que l'éducation et la santé, que l'État sera protégé des rébellions susceptibles de remettre en cause son pouvoir.
A convoy of Malian armed forces escorts the vehicle of the country’s coup leader as he returns from a recent ECOWAS summit where Mali was suspended.
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Mali’s state decay must be halted before it collapses: here are five areas that need attention.
President Ndaw, centre, as Vice-President Goïta (in uniform) looks on, during his inauguration ceremony on September 25, 2020.
Mali’s president and prime minister have just been arrested and dismissed by the military junta which brought them to power in the first place a few months ago. How did this happen?
Mahamat Idriss Deby, right, greets his brother Zakaria during the state funeral for their father Chadian President Idriss Deby.
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The recent spate of military takeovers, most recently in Chad, highlights a developing trend by armed forces in Africa which overtly subvert constitutional governance.