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Activists including Myanmar citizens protest in Tokyo on July 26, 2022, against Myanmar’s recent execution of four prisoners Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Top democracy activists were executed in Myanmar – 4 key things to know

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.
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.
Un véhicule blindé russe de transport de troupes dans les rues de Bangui. Crédit photo Camille Laffont/AFP via Getty Images

Ce qu’il faut pour mettre un terme à la guerre civile en République centrafricaine

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. Photo by Michele Cattani/AFP via Getty Images

Mali: top 5 implications of the latest palace coup

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. Michele Cattani/AFP

Inside Mali’s coup within a coup

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?
‘I want to produce such an impression of utter weariness and ennui that my readers will imagine the book could only have been written by a cretin,’ Flaubert wrote. Photo by Nadar / ullstein bild via Getty Images

We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned

Is a 19th-century French author’s cosmic joke turning into a real-life global nightmare?
The late Robert Mugabe, a few months before he was removed from office in a coup. Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

From Zimbabwe to Bolivia: what makes a military coup?

When the military intervened against Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2017, it wasn’t widely called a military coup. New research shows that’s exactly what it was.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at his swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos

Venezuelans reject Maduro presidency — but most would oppose foreign military operation to oust him

Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 10, has rigged elections, jailed rivals and plunged Venezuela into crisis. But Trump’s proposed ‘military option’ to remove him remains unpopular.
Turkish people in Ankara attempting to stop a military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on July 16, 2016. AP Photo

No coups occurred in 2018. Will next year be so stable?

2018 is on track to become only the second coup-free year in a century. Coup risk is way down worldwide, thanks to growing political stability in Latin America. Africa has the highest risk of coup.

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