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How to execute a coup, in one chart

In the wake of the dramatic events in Egypt, here's a chart mapping the path to a successful coup.

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Egyptian army soldiers sit on top of an armoured personnel carrier (APC) in a Cairo street on July 3, 2013 after the army deployed dozens of armoured vehicles near gathering of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's supporters. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Given the events in Egypt today, we thank FT's Joseph Cotterill for posting this chart on how to execute a coup.

It comes from the famous Edward Luttwak book  Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook, which was written in 1968.

The chart shows the three teams that you need in place, and the targets they need to penetrate (residence, TV stations, etc.). This then concludes in domination of key traffic locations.

For what it's worth, if reports are true in Egypt, then this is a textbook coup, with domination of key locations, such as residences, media stations, and key traffic locations.

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