January 29, 2014

Countries Most at Risk of a Coup in 2014

Max Fisher, Washington Post

The Associated Press

Coups are bad news for any country. They weaken the rule of law, throw governments into chaos, undermine or outright jettison democratic norms and institutions, and can lead to violence, oppression or worse. They can also be tough to see coming, particularly since the people looking for them tend to focus on a single country, which can lead them to overemphasize local events and understate the broader dynamics that make coups happen, or not.

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TAGGED: Africa, Democracy


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