The relationship between the security sector and civilian government is an important theme in the politics of many African states. This lecture discusses the political role of the security sector (army, police and intelligence services) in Africa, paying particular attention to the resurgence of military coups. In 2021, there were 4 successful coups in Sudan, Mali, Guinea and Chad, as well as 2 failed coups. The 2021 uptick in coup occurrence is the highest in Africa in a single year for over two decades. In 2022, there were 2 successful coups in Burkina Faso and in 2023, successful coups transpired in Niger and Gabon.
The lecture examines the factors driving coups, international responses to the resurgence of coups and the prospects for further coup-born instability.
This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.
Please note: this lecture will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 20 February 2024.