Wednesday’s coup in Egypt runs counter to the trend of an apparent decrease in the incidence of military coups. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit the number of coups in sub-Saharan Africa has fallen significantly since 1990. Between 1960 and 2000, 20 coups were successful, but only 6 have succeeded since 2000.
So today’s puzzler is this: Why have militaries been less likely to launch coups over the last twenty plus years? And why did the Egyptian military choose to launch a coup now?