n Conflict Trends - Emerging military - society interaction and political change in Cameroon

Volume 2015, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


The relationship between citizens and their army is changing fast, like never before in Cameroon, with unintended implications for peace and stability. Created on the back of fighting a bloody domestic insurgency against colonialisation, the over-50-year-old army is anchored firmly in doctrine that ensures the security of the regime. The military establishment also perceives the protection of the ruling government as the core component of its mandate. Arguably, this is based on the assumption that regime instability would not be conducive to the military's privileged position and would leave the country vulnerable to chaos, instability and the ultimate failure of society. Thus, for the army, providing security services against threats to society is only part of its raison d'être.

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