ISBN 9780620615273
Pages 222
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2015
Publisher The African Public Policy and Research Institute, South Africa
Format Paperback

The New African Civil-Military Relations

edited by Martin R. Rupiya, Gorden Moyo, Henrik Laugesen

In 1973, Yashev Raval wrote The Power of Wisdom, correctly pointing out that collusion between East and West had kept not only the balance of terror but provided the glue that kept geographic spheres of influence stable. Africa was part of that arena for global rivalry. With the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991, the stifling grip the superpowers had exercised throughout the world was fundamentally altered. The transformation of the international security system, coupled with political democratization, allowed the partial reorganisation of the security establishments on the African continent to embark upon the New African Civil Military Relations (ACMR). In the last decade and half, the implosion of African states exposed to forces of democratization has escalated, manifest in Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Madagascar, Somalia, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Lesotho. At the heart of the states’ implosion has been weak, fragile and partisan defence and security institutions – a phenomenon that requires urgent research intervention to guide the much-needed reforms.

In 2014, the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted the bi-annual African Studies Conference, with the lead author accorded the responsibility of organizing a Session on ACMR. From amongst some of the exciting Abstracts presented, authors submitted these as full chapters for  this book which captures International African Studies Perspectives, managed by the African Public Policy & Research Institute (APPRI). This process was further facilitated by one of the presenters and now co-editor, Maj Henrik Laugesen from the Royal Danish Defence College, who agreed to lead on the fundraising – succeeding in securing support from the Royal Danish Defence College. The result is this book.

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About the Editors

Martin R. Rupiya

Dr Martin R. Rupiya, Executive Director of the African Public Policy and Research Institute (APPRI), is a Research Fellow at the Institute for African Renaissance Studies and Programme Facilitator of Management of Democratic Elections in Africa (MDEA) at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also a visiting fellow at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies at the University of Addis Ababa. Before establishing APPRI, Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Rupiya had been the Director of Research: Africa at Cranfield University, United Kingdom; Senior Researcher and MilAIDS Project Manager at the Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa; Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa; and Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. His recent publications include Zimbabwe’s Military: Examining its Veto Power in the Transition to Democracy, 2008-2013 (Ed.) (APPRI, 2013) and “South Africa’s Security Intervention in Africa: Libya, Cote d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe” in State of the Nation 2012-2013 (HSRC, 2012).

Gorden Moyo

Dr Gorden Moyo is a former Minister of State Enterprises and Parastatals in Zimbabwe. He is currently a policy advisor to the Public Policy and Research Institute of Zimbabwe (PPRIZ). His research interests include public leadership, public participation, public institutions, developmental states, civil-military relations and conflict resolution. He holds a PhD in African Leadership Development from the National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe) and a Master of Arts degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (UK).

Henrik Laugesen

Henrik Laugesen is a Major in the Royal Danish Defence College and is a PhD candidate at the University of Copenhagen. He has an MA in African Studies and his experience and interests are in security dynamics in East Africa; foreign military assistance and professionalisation of the armed forces in Kenya; democracy and democratisation; and civil-military relations in East Africa.

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