Remember that coup in Mali? You’d be forgiven for forgetting, given that it hasn’t been in headlines at all of late. For anyone who has lived in a country where elections might literally be life or death events, the Mali coup and its aftermath are not too hard to imagine. Nevertheless, Mali has averaged one coup per decade over the last 30 years. That’s cause for concern, especially since it isn’t clear that the military transitional government will actually give up the reins of power as they claim they will.

by: Babatunde P. Odubekun & Geoffrey von Zastrow