Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment

by Paul Shemella and Nicholas Tomb


“Until the publishing of Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment, policy makers charged with assisting African states had no comprehensive reference describing how African states should develop and employ their security services. Now they do. Brilliantly written by security experts who know Africa, this book is a must read for security professionals, academics and students.” —Russell D. Howard, Brigadier General (RET), U.S. Army Special Forces and Senior Fellow, Joint Special Operations University

“A brilliant assessment of contemporary civil-military relations across Africa. The contributors to Security Forces in African States: Cases and Assessment create and apply a disarmingly simple yet effective assessment tool for their country studies in order to determine the state of security governance in ten politically diverse African nations. Reformers can use it to assess both civil-military relations in the context of rapid political transition and state accountability for sustaining good governance and democratic ideals.” —Chiseche Salome Mibenge, Stanford University

“Paul Shemella and his collaborators bring much needed attention to the role of security forces in African nations, examining the purpose, viability and necessity of the military in a context largely free from external threat. Readers will better understand the role of security forces, and the case studies will generate many ideas that merit further exploration.” —Jean-Phillipe Peltier, Colonel, US Air Force and Former Director of USAFA International Programs

“An important and highly cohesive volume, providing a comprehensive approach to assessing the role of the security sector in a variety of African states. The individual chapters, using an invaluable analytic framework developed by the editors, offer illuminating national assessments as a foundation for determining next steps in reform. Highly recommended for practitioners and scholars alike.” —Phil Williams, Wesley W. Posvar Chair, and Director, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh


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