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Marcel Dirsus @marceldirsus
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A little context on the attempted coup attempt in Gabon. This chart by Jay Ulfelder shows successful (red) and failed (grey) coup attempts worldwide over the last couple of decades. The three letters are country-codes. 2017 ZWE, for example, refers to the 2017 Zimbabwean coup
Coup attempts were relatively frequent during the Cold War. They have become a lot more rare now.
One widely-used data set by Powell & Thyne recorded 457 coup attempts between 1950 to 2010. About half of them (49,7%) were "successful."
This chart by Powell & Thyne shows coup attempts by country and region between 1950 and 2010. As you can see, coup attempts were most common in the Americas and Africa. Some individual countries are particularly coup-prone
I spent much of my PhD trying to understand coups. If you want to find out more about the way coups work, this book is not a bad place to start. It's an informative and odd step by step guide on overthrowing governments. Read the book, but don't try this at home. Thanks.
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