Professor of International Relations Pierre Englebert is providing context and commentary to media around the world as turmoil continues the West African nation of Burkina Faso, after massive protests and the resignation of President Blaise Campaore.
"The people in the streets see it a triumph of democracy for now. Bear in mind that Compaore resigned so its not technically a coup at this point," he told NPR's All Things Considered earlier today.
"What I do see as possible effect elsewhere in the region is a warning sign for many for other rulers who are about to come to a similar kind of deadline. There are eight other rulers in Africa who are coming to the end of their constitutional terms, and I think that most of them are toying with the idea of staying. I would think they are paying attention and this might dampen some of their enthusiasm."
Englebert, who has spent more than 30 years studying African politics, most recently visited Burkina Faso in July, conducting focus groups among young people full of despair over the lack of opportunities in their nation. He is a co-author of "Inside African Politics" (2013) and the author of "Africa: Unity, Sovereignty, and Sorrow" (2009).
He has also been interviewed about the quickly changing situation by the BBC, Agence France Press, the New York Times and Washington Post.