The African Military in a Democratic Age

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Nov 03, 2018 | ACCORD , Craig Bailie

The African Development Bank has recorded more than 200 military coups in Africa since the 1960s, with 45 percent of these being successful. Craig Bailie discusses in this article by ACCORD the negative impact of  military rule on military institutions, notably their professionalism and efficiency; and the problem of bringing the military under democratic control, especially as the struggle against military authoritarianism has often led to new forms of militarism and militarisation. The role of the military in Africa will depend on the extent to which the principles of democratic civil-military relations have been institutionalised in interactions between the government, the military and the public.



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