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Coup in Mali

The Coup in Mali: ASC’s News Roundup

On August 8, 2020, there was a military coup in Mali. On August 27, coup leaders released the deposed president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, from detention. This is the second coup in the country in ten years; it is also the “first coronavirus coup” in Africa. What you need to know: a quick news round-up, brought to you by the UNC African Studies Center, on a rapidly-changing issue. Follow some of the news outlets and blogs cited below for more information:  


  • Bruce Whitehouse, “Hands of my Junta! Or, Why the international community should show post-IBK Mali some love,” Bridges from Bamako blog: https://bridgesfrombamako.com 
  • Alex Thurston, “Could Mali’s Coup Have Been Avoided? Part One – IBK’s Mistakes,” Sahel Blog: https://sahelblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/mali-2012-mali-2020-how-could-things-have-gone-differently-part-one-ibk/ 
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