Niger coup explained

In July, Niger's government was overthrown, and President Mohamed Bazoum was taken hostage. Leonardo Villalon, a political scientist and West African expert at the University of Florida, explains the Niger coup and breaks down its global impact in this one-minute video.

The military takeover is a setback for democracy and U.S. interests in West Africa, says Villalon, coordinator of UF's Sahel Research Group, the only university-based interdisciplinary effort focused on that region.

Karen Dooley September 20, 2023