African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 398

Article in Press

Fighting the fire with the fire? Foreign intervention and sanctions against non-democratic regimes in Africa


  •  Received: 19 May 2023
  •  Accepted: 22 August 2023
Africa has experienced colonialism and domination from major global powers, and is still subject to various crises, mostly political, often characterized by a refusal to relinquish power after losing an election or engaging in ethnic-based conflicts or military coups. As a result, foreign intervention and sanctions have been used in an attempt to restore stability. Despite the abundance of literature that supports the use of interventionism and sanctions, the potential negative effects of such actions on regimes in Africa have yet to be fully considered. This paper, which collected and adapted data in a statistically significant way to study the impact of foreign intervention in domestic political turmoil, found that interventionism in non-democratic regimes is ineffective in bringing stability. This research reinvigorates debates surrounding the role of major powers and the use of coercive tools in the Global South, and may inspire further research on the perception of sanctions in the Sahel region and Africa as a whole.

Keywords: Interventionism, foreign sanctions