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Done With Democracy? How Military Coups Have Changed Africa’s Political Landscape




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Video GIGA Forum Coups Africa

  • Since 2021, a wave of military coups d’état have upended Africa’s political landscape. The Sahel countries, once a focal point of European engagement in Africa, have come under the control of military juntas aligned with Russia. Amidst an escalating security crisis, there is growing repression and resignation – but also significant public support for strongman dictators. African democracy movements, which not long ago celebrated remarkable successes, have come under pressure.  

    In this GIGA Forum, our experts discuss the implications for democracy in Africa and for Europe’s foreign policy towards the region. 

    Speakers:  Dr. Martin Acheampong is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs. 

    Hager Ali is a Doctoral Researcher at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies. 

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau is the Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs. 

    Dr. Malte Lierl is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for African Affairs. 

    Moderator:  Dr. David Kuehn is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies.


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    Republik | Article | 02/09/2023

    Was uns die Staats­streiche in Afrika über die neue Welt­ordnung verraten

    Das Militär hat sich in Niger und Gabun an die Macht geputscht – mit einschneidenden Folgen für diese Länder. Doch die Macht­verschiebungen in der internationalen Politik gehen weit darüber hinaus. 


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