Niger Coup

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Protesters hold an anti-France placard during a demonstration on independence day in Niamey.
Protesters hold an anti-France placard during a demonstration on independence day in Niamey.

What’s Driving Africa’s Coups?

The factors that have contributed to instability in the region.

Officers of the Niger National Police and Nigerien soldiers stand guard during a demonstration outside the Nigerien and French air bases in Niamey.
Officers of the Niger National Police and Nigerien soldiers stand guard during a demonstration outside the Nigerien and French air bases in Niamey.

How U.N. Peacekeeping Accidentally Fuels Africa’s Coups

Foreign funds can produce stronger and less accountable militaries.

Protesters cheer for Nigerien troops as they gather in front of the French Embassy in Niamey.
Protesters cheer for Nigerien troops as they gather in front of the French Embassy in Niamey.

Is Niger’s Coup the Sahel’s Last Straw?

Calls grow for Washington to reset its Africa strategy, but old habits die hard.

People run through a street holding up a large flag.
People run through a street holding up a large flag.

What to Know About Niger’s Coup

Is it a turning point for geopolitics in Africa?

Mohamed Toumba, one of the leading figures of the National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland, at a demonstration of coup supporters in Niamey, Niger on Aug. 6.
Mohamed Toumba, one of the leading figures of the National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland, at a demonstration of coup supporters in Niamey, Niger on Aug. 6.

Will Niger’s Neighbors Intervene?

ECOWAS has threatened armed intervention but a lack of popular support in Nigeria and bellicose rhetoric from Mali and Burkina Faso could make the bloc think twice.

Supporters of Niger’s ruling junta gather for a protest in Niamey, Niger, on Aug. 3.
Supporters of Niger’s ruling junta gather for a protest in Niamey, Niger, on Aug. 3.

Niger’s Coup Is a Turning Point for Africans

The crisis has created a truly geopolitical moment for intra-African politics.

Mohamed Toumba, one of the leading figures of the National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland, attends a demonstration of coup supporters in Niamey, Niger on Aug. 6.
Mohamed Toumba, one of the leading figures of the National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland, attends a demonstration of coup supporters in Niamey, Niger on Aug. 6.

Military Intervention in Niger Is Bound to Fail

Nigeria has understandable security concerns, but using force to dislodge Niger’s junta could spark a refugee crisis and regional war.

Protesters wave Nigerien and Russian flags in Niger.
Protesters wave Nigerien and Russian flags in Niger.

Niger’s Coup Is West Africa’s Biggest Challenge Yet

ECOWAS’s Sunday deadline to reimpose Niger’s president could be the starting pistol for war across West Africa.

People demonstrate in Niger's capital, Niamey, to show their support for the coup plotters and Russia.
People demonstrate in Niger's capital, Niamey, to show their support for the coup plotters and Russia.

Does U.S. Military Training Embolden Coup Plotters in Africa?

Weak institutions and underdevelopment also plague nations led by undemocratic regimes.

A person holds a Nigerien flag during an Independence Day demonstration in Niamey, Niger’s capital, on Aug. 3.
A person holds a Nigerien flag during an Independence Day demonstration in Niamey, Niger’s capital, on Aug. 3.

Niger Is Not Just a Western Problem

The whole region wants to jump into the fray.

Protesters cheer Nigerien troops as they gather in front of the French Embassy in Niamey during a demonstration.
Protesters cheer Nigerien troops as they gather in front of the French Embassy in Niamey during a demonstration.

Who Benefits From Niger’s Coup?

Most global powers with a military presence or financial stake in the country stand to lose from instability—and that could put pressure on the military junta.

A military officer salutes while a helicopter carries the Nigerian flag during a swearing-in ceremony for President Bola Tinubu in Abuja, Nigeria on May 29.
A military officer salutes while a helicopter carries the Nigerian flag during a swearing-in ceremony for President Bola Tinubu in Abuja, Nigeria on May 29.

Will Nigeria Reclaim Its Role as a Regional Power?

Bola Tinubu’s new role as ECOWAS chair, and the coup in Niger, present an opportunity for a foreign-policy reset.

Protesters gather in front of the French Embassy.
Protesters gather in front of the French Embassy.

How the West Could Actually Help the Sahel

For years, Western policies have only paid lip service to seeing the Sahel in terms of its own immense problems.

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