Tanja Eschenauer-Engler

Tanja Eschenauer is a researcher at the Institute of Political Science at Heidelberg University. Her work focuses on civil-military relations, armed forces in autocracies, and military coups. From 2015 to 2019, she worked in the „Dictator’s Endgame“ project.


Die letzten Beiträge

Endgames: Why Militaries Forsook Bouteflika and Al-Bashir, but Not Maduro

Demonstration in Sudan. Photo: Hind Mekki via flickr.com, CC BY 2.0 Massive peaceful protests are the ultimate endgame for autocrats: If all other means have failed, the incumbent’s political survival hinges on the loyalty of the military. In 2019, presidents in Algeria, Sudan, and Venezuela learned this the hard way. When Algerian President Bouteflika announced […]

Military Influence: the Hidden Power of Men in Uniform

The shadow of a military airplane. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker via flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Officers and generals have always been influential and powerful actors, who meddle with politics. Today not so much by coups and direct rule, but by pulling the strings in the background. A new dataset reveals these substantial but indirect […]