Historicizing the Militariat

  • Jimmy D. Kandeh


The organizational structures, force doctrines, recruitment policies, and behavioral patterns of armed forces in Africa are deeply rooted in the colonial past. It is for this reason that any study of coercive apparatuses and processes in contemporary West Africa must begin with a brief consideration of how the colonial state pursued its security imperative and the impact this had on the postcolonial political landscape. Continuities in colonial and postcolonial state formation are not confined to the security realm but security provisioning is one of the areas where postcolonial arrangements most resemble their colonial antecedents. These legacies have shaped both the organization of military establishments and the relationship between armed regulars and mass publics.


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