Open lecture: Contagious Coups in Africa

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Welcome to an open lecture with Nina Wilén under the title Contagious Coups in Africa: A Civil-Military Inbalance Affecting the Sahel.

The Civil Wars and Military Interventions Research Group (CWAMI) at the Swedish Defence University welcomes you to an open lecture with Nina Wilén, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Lund University and Research Director for the Africa Programme at the Egmont Institute for International Relations.

During the past three years Africa has experienced 14 coup attempts and nine coups. Coups are thus both more frequent and more efficient than in the two preceding decades, leading observers to talk about a coup epidemic and contagious coups. But are coups actually contagious? And what explains this latest coup wave on the continent?

Dr. Nina Wilén addresses these questions and more in her open lecture: Contagious Coups in Africa – A Civil-Military Inbalance Affecting the Sahel.


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Dr. Nina Wilén's research focuses on Security Force Assistance (SFA), Security Sector Reform (SSR), the politics of peacekeeping operations, and gender, all with a focus on the military institution.

Geographically her research is concentrated to Sub-Saharan Africa, where she has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Great Lakes Region and the Sahel. Her research has been published in a range of top-ranked academic journals such as International Affairs, European Journal of International Security, Armed Forces and Society and Gender, Work and Organization.

She regularly contributes to policy making and strategy writing. She was appointed by the Belgian Prime Minister’s Office to contribute to Belgium’s first National Security Strategy and nominated to as one of ten experts to the Strategic Committee on Defence in Belgium in 2021. Since January 2020, she is the Editor-in-Chief of International Peacekeeping. She is the author of the book Justifying Interventions: (De) Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo with Palgrave Macmillan, and African Peacekeeping, Cambridge University Press (2022) co-written with Prof. Jonathan Fisher.

More information about the event

Date: Nov 23, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM—11:30 AM
Location: Leijonsköldska, Försvarshögskolan, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm



Kersti Larsdotter

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