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Why Do Coups Fail? One Simple Question Holds the Answer

May 8, 2019 | 23:09 GMT
This photo shows Venezuelan troops supporting interim President Juan Guaido's call for a military uprising against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 30, 2019.

Soldiers who joined Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position during clashes with members of the Bolivarian National guard loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 30, 2019. - Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido said on Tuesday that troops had joined his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro as the government vowed to put down what it called an attempted coup.

(MATIAS DELACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)

In trying to understand the reasons for the success or failure of a military uprising like the one attempted last week in Venezuela, look to individual psychology, and not ideology....

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