Key Global Risks for Sub-Saharan Africa - 2024


The relationship between the security sector and civilian government is an important theme in the politics of many African states. This lecture discusses the political role of the security sector (army, police and intelligence services) in Africa, paying particular attention to the resurgence of military coups. In 2021, there were 4 successful coups in Sudan, Mali, Guinea and Chad, as well as 2 failed coups. The 2021 uptick in coup occurrence is the highest in Africa in a single year for over two decades. In 2022, there were 2 successful coups in Burkina Faso and in 2023, successful coups transpired in Niger and Gabon.

The lecture examines the factors driving coups, international responses to the resurgence of coups and the prospects for further coup-born instability.

This lecture is part of the 'The Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Lecture Series', taking place on Fridays from 2 February to 8 March 2024. You may either register for individual lectures or you may choose to register for the entire lecture series at a reduced price.

Please note: this lecture will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 20 February 2024.

Programme details

Friday 23 February, 2pm–3.15pm UTC (GMT)

The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed by questions.

For those attending in person at Rewley House, registration takes place from 1.45pm. Tea and coffee are provided in the Common Room after each lecture, from 3.15pm.

For those joining us online, please join in good time before each lecture to ensure that you have no connection problems. We recommend joining 10-15 minutes before the start time.


Description Costs
Course Fee - in-person attendance (includes tea/coffee) £30.00
Course Fee - virtual attendance £25.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Miles Tendi

Miles Tendi teaches the Politics of Africa in the University of Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and the African Studies Centre (ASC).  His research interests cover Southern African Politics (especially Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Swaziland, Lesotho), with a focus on militarism, gender and politics, intellectuals and politics, and the existence and uses of ‘evil’ in politics. His publications include Fall of an African Dictator: Mugabe, a Gendered Coup and Military Power (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), The Army and Politics in Zimbabwe: Mujuru, the Liberation Fighter and Kingmaker (Cambridge University Press), Making History in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Politics, Intellectuals and the Media (Peter Lang). Tendi previously worked for Control Risks (London).


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IT requirements

For those joining us online

We will be using Zoom for the livestreaming of this course. If you’re attending online, you’ll be able to see and hear the speakers, and to submit questions via the Zoom interface. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.