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Allen publishes on correlation between U.S. military deployments and the risk of coups

Michael Allen

Michael Allen, professor of political science in the School of Public Service, has published an article on the correlation between U.S. overseas military presence and the likelihood of a coup d’état in the host country.

US Military Deployments and the Risk of Coup d’État appeared in the January, 2023 edition of Foreign Policy Analysis and was co-authored with three Master of Political Science students, including Valeryn Shepherd of Boise State. Allen’s research demonstrates that the presence of American troops decreases the likelihood of a coup by supporting the host government and its security apparatus and also by decreasing the benefits of a successful coup to conspirators.