n African Journal on Conflict Resolution - Guarding the guardians : Civil-military relations and democratic governance in Africa, Mathurin C. Houngnikpo : book review

Volume 11, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1562-6997


According to the author, the thrust of this book is to explore the question 'whether African militaries can ever accept civilian control' (p. vi). The fact that he phrases the essence of this publication in the form of a question - on the first page of the preface - reveals the probing way in which he approached his crucially important topic. His orientation towards searching for understanding is underlined by the first part of the title, which is based on a Roman satirical poet's ever-relevant of twenty centuries ago: 'Who will guard the guardians?'

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