Russia’s Recent History Shows How Coups Fail—and Succeed
Without control of the media, military support, and international backing, seizures of power can flop.
A Coup Won’t End Mali’s Corruption and Insecurity
Replacing the president won’t resolve the country’s deep-seated political problems. If neighboring nations and global powers don’t demand a democratic transition, it could lead to greater instability across West Africa.
The United States Overthrew Iran’s Last Democratic Leader
Despite a campaign of historical revisionism in Washington, the archival record makes clear that the U.S. government was the key actor in the 1953 coup that ousted Mohammad Mosaddeq—not the Iranian clergy.
Military Factions Vie for Power After Coup in Sudan
Protesters vow to press on until they gain civilian rule.
Sri Lanka’s Failing Coup Might Succeed at the Ballot Box
Many voters still back populist Mahinda Rajapaksa despite his attempt to seize power.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
On the podcast: An American who was in Turkey during the coup attempt is accused of being one of the plotters.
Don’t Focus on Regime Change in Venezuela
How Maduro has held on to power, and why what follows him won’t likely be better.
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zimbabwe Is Old Wine in a New Bottle
The government’s crackdown proves that the ruling party will hold on to power by any means necessary.
Don’t Turn The Turkish Army Into A Political Tool
Turkey has a history of coups. Whoever wins the election must prevent politicization of the military.
It’s Time for a Coup in Venezuela
Only nationalists in the military can restore a legitimate constitutional democracy.
The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela
Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.
The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next
As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.
Venezuela Quells Military Uprising, Fires Outspoken Government Critic
The protest-rocked country could face a fresh round of U.S. economic sanctions.
First, They Came for the Gulenists
Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles. It’s a deep-seated cycle of repression and revenge — with no end in sight.
Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army
The Turkish president has brutally cleansed ranks and is building a new army with some strange bedfellows.
On a Mission to Mars, Imprisoned in Turkey
The Kafkaesque trial of a U.S. NASA scientist — accused of being a coup-plotter — shows just how paranoid the Turkish judiciary has become.
The United States Should Extradite Fetullah Gülen
It is clear to the government of Turkey that the Pennsylvania cleric is a coup plotter. Donald Trump should honor our request to bring him to justice.
First Major Trials Begin for the Failed Turkey Coup
But post-coup crackdowns that worry international observers continue unabated.