Accession Number : ADA306598

Title :   Armies and Democracy in the New Africa: Lessons From Nigeria and South Africa.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Butts, Kent H. ; Metz, Steven

PDF Url : ADA306598

Report Date : 08 JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : The authors discuss the democratization of Sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular, the role of the U.S. military and the Department of Defense in providing democracy support. They contend that if fragile democracies in this region are to be sustained, African militaries must separate from politics and take decisive steps toward the military professionalism seen in more stable democracies. They believe U.S. national interests in Sub-Saharan Africa are limited and that the only support U.S. forces should provide is in assisting African militaries to achieve this professionalism. The authors offer proposals through which the U.S. Army and Department of Defense can support the African transition toward democratization.

Descriptors :   *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), *AFRICA, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, SUBSAHARAN AFRICA, TRANSITIONS, SOUTH AFRICA, NIGERIA, DEMOCRACY.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE