Horace Campbell, professor of African American studies and political science, was interviewed by Democracy Now! about the potential response of U.S. and French forces to the coup in Niger. In July, Niger President Mohamed Bazoum was overthrown by a military junta. African leaders backed by the U.S. and France have urged coup leaders in that country to step down and restore the democratically elected president.
Campbell, who opposes military intervention in Niger, said "this military intervention in Niger is a consequence of the militarization of Nigerien society, when the society needs social and economic reconstruction."