Mauritania's trendsetting politics

The Head Heeb ponders on how coup d'etats have become more fashionable since last August's velvet coup in Mauritania. Surely the example of other types of regime change is also having an impact on how coups are viewed.

It reminded me of an article I published at the time in the late, lamented Middle East International. It never went online (it was only accessible by subscription in PDF format or in the paper version), so I thought I'd make it available here.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.