n Conflict Trends - Civil-military relations : the military and African politics - : commentary

Volume 2003, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The reasons for military interventions (militocracy) in Africa are as varied as they are complex. They range from personal grievances to the political and economic kleptocracy of civilian regimes. In a struggle to cope with this predicament between the devil of tyranny (as in one-party systems) and the deep sea of anarchy (as in multiparty systems) military rule has often been invoked. The balance sheet has largely been negative, with very few being benign, that is serving the interests of the people whether in a short or long political life span.

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