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Is Pakistan at risk of coup in 2017 along with Turkey, Russia and US?

Alex Christoforou |

As the joke goes…

“Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?”

The answer: “Because there is no U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C.”

The answer highlights how every country on the planet (with a US embassy) is at risk at having their government overthrown. We saw it Ukraine two years ago. Almost saw it in Turkey last year.

Predictions of coup and regime change in 2017

The Washington Post is predicting where a coup may actually happen in 2017. Remember that the Washington Post is a media arm for the CIA and US deep state. The chart below may be foreshadowing a future “Victoria Nuland” moment (US point person during the Ukraine crisis).

The Washington Post study calculates the probability of a coup based on the type of government in place, personal freedoms, economic prosperity and access to the internet and other forms of communication.

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They use a small number of statistical models to create separate forecasts for the risk of a successful coup, like in Thailand in 2014, or failed coup attempt, like in Turkey in 2016. Then they are combined to get a single forecast for the risk of a coup attempt for each country.

factors for a coup inlcude:  how long the current leader has been in power, whether he or she was chosen democratically and the type of government in place.  GDP, economic growth, population and infant mortality

The models look for patterns in past coup attempts using data from 1960 to 2017 that we assembled using the Powell and Thyne coup data, Polity Project, World Development Indicators, Armed Conflict Dataset, global food prices (FAO), oil prices (BP) and the Gleditsch and Ward list of states.

Here are some of the things that what that were included: how long the current leader has been in power, whether he or she was chosen democratically and the type of government in place. We also consider GDP, economic growth, population and infant mortality; these variables are more difficult to construct in war-torn or highly authoritarian societies, but we use estimates wherever required. We tabulate information about the spread of communication technologies — specifically, Internet access and cellphone ownership.

High-risk cases all have markers for instability, however. For example, Burundi has been in crisis since May 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza sought and obtained a third term.

Thailand has been under martial law, with strong restrictions on civil liberties, since the 2014 coup. The country approved a new constitution in 2016 and scheduled elections for 2017 — but, as some researchers point out, elections often increase the risk of further coup attempts.

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Countries where Coup most likely to happen

Below is a list of the top 30 places that a coup attempt is the most likely in 2017.  Burundi and Thailand came in at the very top of the list with a 12% and 11% chance of a 2017 coup, respectively, Pakistan comes in the top fifteen countries that may experience a coup, with percentage placed at 7 percent, while Russia, the election hacking masters of the globe, came in at number 20.

Meanwhile, Washington Post asserts that the United States is about one-third as likely to experience a coup in 2017 as Nigeria and Niger due to a “high infant mortality rate” compared to other developed countries.


Russia, maybe. We estimate that the risk in Russia is about 6 percent, which places it in the top 20 countries risk-wise. If one were to occur, the odds are 2 to 1 that if would fail.

The U.S. presidential transition has also led to Russian claims that a coup may occur in the United States. The same statistical models suggest that the U.S. risk is about 2 percent — and ranks the United States No. 103 out of 161 countries. The risk may seem high but reflects the variable for infant mortality, which is higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries.


Alex Christoforou is the writer and director for The Duran. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. This piece was first published in The Duran. It has been reprinted with permission