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'An Epidemic of Coups' in Africa? Issues for Congress [February 11, 2022]   [open pdf - 1014KB]

From the Document: "Military officers have seized power in five African countries since 2020 [...], part of a trend the U.N. Secretary-General has termed [hyperlink] 'an epidemic of coups.' While military coups have long shaped African politics, their frequency peaked during the Cold War [hyperlink]. A more recent wave occurred in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger in 2008-2012, but regional tolerance seemed to decline. Recent coups challenge U.S. efforts to promote democracy and stability in Africa, complicate counterterrorism cooperation with several countries, and threaten a fragile post-authoritarian transition in Sudan that successive U.S. Administrations and Congress have supported [hyperlink]. They also raise fears of 'contagion [hyperlink],' especially in West Africa [hyperlink]."

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CRS Insight, IN11854
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2022-02-11
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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