The Phenomenon of “Coupvolution” in Africa

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Junior Researcher, Centre for Stability and Risk Analysis
Affiliation: HSE
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 10

The article is dedicated to the phenomenon of “coupvolution” (the term originally mentioned by researcher Nathan Toronto), which is a combination of revolution and military coup. This phenomenon was first noticed and described during events in Egypt in 2011, and, consequently, such events have begun occurring all around Africa. This article is focused on the specifics of the coupvolution phenomenon and its most notable examples. Mostly, the phenomenon of “coupvolution” is related to Sub-Saharan Africa and its study could contribute to both political science and African studies. The article is concluded with an idea that “coupvolution” is an understudied phenomenon, and its research could be an important step in understanding African political processes.

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Keywordscoupvolutions, military coups, Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab Spring
AcknowledgmentThis work has been done as a part of the Program of fundamental studies in HSE in 2023 with the support of RNF (21-18-00123).
Publication date22.11.2023
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