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Zimbabwe Democracy

November 16, 2017

The Zimbabwean Coup: Is There Hope for Democracy?

Political Conflict, CoupCast

Coups are relatively rare now, but back in the 1960s and 1970s there were years when over a dozen coups occurred, mostly in Sub Saharan Africa. 

mugabe loses to military

November 16, 2017

Mugabe: An Unlikely End

Forecasting, CoupCast

The coup was precipitated by a succession struggle within the government.  It is believed that Mugabe was paving the way for his wife to take over. 

Zimbabwe Coup

November 15, 2017

Understanding Zimbabwe’s Coup

Political Conflict, CoupCast

To understand the current crisis in Zimbabwe, one needs to understand the role of state-led violence and patronage as central to ensuring state legitimacy.

November 02, 2017

International Elections and Leaders: November 2017 Update

REIGN DATASET: International Elections and Leaders

November's REIGN update addresses the election re-run and the turmoil accompanying it in Kenya, as well as updates on October's elections in Austria, the Czech Republic, Liberia, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Iceland, and Japan. In November, elections will be held in Chile, Honduras, Nepal, and Liberia. 

October 12, 2017

Why We Kill: Populism as a Path to Violence

Political Conflict

Groups that have longstanding animosity are not bound to harm each other; they need populist leaders willing to fan the flames, who believe that encouraging violence against civilians will bring some benefit. Demagoguery is not inevitable. People of diverse nations, faiths, and political parties tolerate and even respect each other throughout the world.

October 10, 2017

When Leaders are Silent: Aung San Suu Kyi, Coup Risks, and the Rohingya Crisis

Political Conflict, CoupCast

The Myanmar military brutally attacked Rohingya civilians. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of Myanmar, didn’t condemn the attack. Why not? Social science has answers.

October 05, 2017

International Elections and Leaders: October 2017 Update

REIGN DATASET: International Elections and Leaders

The REIGN Dataset (Rulers, Elections, and Irregular Governance) covers political conditions in every country. We update the dataset monthly to reflect the most recent political events, such as coups, world elections, and changes in political leadership. We provide election coverage and track leadership changes... more

Nobel Peace Prize in Tunisia

October 03, 2017

On the Brink of Civil War, Tunisians Averted Crisis. How They Did It and Why It Matters.

Political Conflict

Everything should be going wrong in Tunisia. In 2011, the Arab Spring revolutions engulfed half of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the promise of democratization. But these revolutions failed to secure democracy. Tunisia is the stand-out; it has avoided all-out civil war like that in Syria and has not slipped back into an authoritarian regime as Egypt has. It has also managed to... more