African militaries and political power south of the Sahara

Les Champs de Mars, 2015, issue 28

In a context of the political power’s struggle to obtain legitimacy, could the intervention of the military provide a path to building a more democratic state?

Post-independence Sub-Saharan Africa was a fertile ground for coups. If the military seems to be a credible alternative to civilian rule, it maintains a special relationship with the political power and so becomes a key actor with an influential role in political life. Eight scholars worked in collaboration on this issue of the Champs de Mars focus on the link between the institutionalisation of the military and the legitimacy of political power, more specifically in Guinea, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It questions the military’s capacity to defend their rights of their rights and mediators in the political sphere.


Dr. Amandine Gnanguênon

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Dr. Axel Augé

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