Security assistance in Africa: the case for more

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This article argues that political tampering with military recruitment and promotion practices, especially the construction and dismantling of ethnically based armies, has led African militaries to intervene in politics and block or reverse democratization efforts. The entrenchment of politically insulated, merit-based military institutions is thus necessary to deepen democracy in Africa. The U.S. can assist by offering protection, training, and financial incentives to encourage reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Democratization
  • Military reform
  • Africa
  • Coups
  • Ethnic Politics


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