Coups and Conflict in West Africa, 1955-2004

  title={Coups and Conflict in West Africa, 1955-2004},
  author={Pat McGowan},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  pages={23 - 5}
  • P. McGowan
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Engineering
  • Armed Forces & Society
From independence through 2004, the sixteen West African states have experienced forty-four successful military-led coups, forty-three often-bloody failed coups, at least eighty-two coup plots, seven civil wars, and many other forms of political conflict. This two-part article seeks answers to the question, what has gone wrong inWest Africa? Part I uses world-systems and rational-choice analyses to provide theoretical answers involving macro structures and micro leadership behavior. Structural… 
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