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The president of the Central African Republic was recently ousted by rebel forces. According to atlanticwire there have been over 40 coups in the past 60 years. Do African nations have a higher propensity for coups?

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As written, you are asking whether the media are creating a perception of instability in Africa. Is that what you intended to ask? As to why West Africa has seen so many coups, the linked article goes into the main theories. – choster Mar 28 '13 at 2:23
For an upbeat account of recent developments in the continent as a whole, look here. To his credit, the author traveled 15,800 miles to gather impressions for his report. – Drux Mar 28 '13 at 6:21
"Africa" is not a nation. Can you revise the question so that it compares commensurate political entities? – Mark C. Wallace Mar 28 '13 at 10:39
This wasn't my question. I only edited the title to make it fit the question better. – Steven Drennon Jul 21 '13 at 21:58
@wonton Do you mean to use the geographic definition of "continent" as your criterion for comparison? Is this a valid method of examining the issue? Perhaps measuring by ethnicities or colonial masters would be more revealing and significant than a simple geographical analysis? – user2590 Jul 22 '13 at 7:27
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I would say yes, that is a very unstable continent and coups very common:

Coups d'état are common in Africa; between 1952 and 2000, thirty-three countries experienced 85 such depositions. from Wikipedia

Just for example the Guine Bissau experiences 3 coups in the last 10 years:2003,2009,2012: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13443186

Coups are like business as usual in West Africa.

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Perhaps some comparative statistics would make your answer stronger - i.e number of states vs number of coups over a given period of time for various continents. Africa has a larger number of states than South America for example, so it follows it would have a larger number of coups. A simple counting of the number of coups in Africa is not really sufficient to establish that it is 'less stable' than other continents. – user2590 Jul 21 '13 at 21:24

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