FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, April 16, 2012

Has Africa Gone Coup-Crazy?

Has Africa Gone Coup-Crazy?

Good blog post that shows (statistically) that Africa has NOT gone coup-crazy.  Aside from an interesting blog you should follow him on twitter:  

      GB is unique that in a coup you have to overthrow the seat of the presidency and the chief of Defense.  Their military organization is divided and corrupt.  55% of GB Army are officers.  The only country that had an all-out liberation war (outside of southern Africa)—against the Portuguese. 
*Weak states and economy make countries (like most in West Africa) more susceptible to coups.
      Ultimately many of these coups stem from the inability of the civilian government to control the government.  Fore more on this read this excellent report from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies: Africa’s Militaries: A Missing Link in Democratic Transitions

Another good article: Coup predictions: Africa doesn't look as volatile as you might think - CSMonitor.com http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Backchannels/2012/0416/Coup-predictions-Africa-doesn-t-look-as-volatile-as-you-might-think

What are the effects of cocaine trafficking on GB government?  
Governance problems were there before cocaine? 


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