What Is A Coup d’État And How Common Are They?

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In 2014, there were more than five coups d’état in countries attempted around the world, some of them successful. What exactly is a coup d’état and can it ever be good for a country?

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What is a Coup? It Depends Which Side You’re On
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304255604579409282161337284

Why Does Thailand Have So Many Coups?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/22/314862858/why-does-thailand-have-so-many-coups

Foreign Assistance Act of 1961
http://www.usaid.gov/ads/policy/faa
“…The Congress declares that a principal objective of the foreign policy of the United States is the encouragement and sus­tained support of the people of developing countries in their efforts to acquire the knowledge and resources essential to development and to build the economic, political, and social institutions which will improve the quality of their lives.”

U.S. Charges Over Gambia ‘Coup Plot’ Against Yahya Jammeh
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30686627

Coup d’Etat in Abkhazia Without Russia’s Permission
http://carnegie.ru/eurasiaoutlook/?fa=55952

A Coup in Burkina Faso
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/a-coup-in-burkina-faso/382192/

Lesotho ‘Coup’: A Squabble Among Elites or A Sign of Social Instability?
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/sep/04/lesotho-unrest-elites-coup

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