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Title:The African Union as a norm entrepreneur on military coups d'état in Africa (1952-2012): an empirical assessment
Author:Souaré, Issaka K.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African Union
coups d'état
international politics
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43302097
Abstract:Between 1952 and 2012, there were a total of 88 successful military coups in Africa. Of those, 63 occurred prior to 1990, and 10 cases have occurred since the adoption, by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), of the Lomé Declaration in July 2000, banning military coups and adopting sanctions against regimes born out of this. The article shows that the African Union (AU) has followed in the footsteps of the OAU in this regard. Assisted by some African regional organizations and international partners, the combined effect of this policy of the AU has been a significant reduction in the occurrence of coups d'état. The article also reveals some challenges the AU is facing regarding this issue. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]