n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2001, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Extracted from text ... 3 BY HUSSEIN SOLOMON EDITORIAL On Monday, 28 May 2001, heavy mor- tar and gunfire broke the stillness of the night in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR). The commotion began when a rebellious army unit attacked the home of President Ange- Felix Patasse. Within two days, it became clear that forces loyal to the elected government had sup- pressed the coup attempt. The attempted coup in the CAR holds important lessons, for both policy- makers and academics, which go far beyond a simplistic analysis that points to poor civil- mili- tary relations on the African continent. Firstly, the attempted coup underlines the inherent complexity that is typical of many of Africa's conflicts - characterised by ..

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