Democratization in Africa: The end of the Military Era?

To what extent did the winds of democratization sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East affect the long standing efforts to end, at last, the era of military involvement in African politics? Prof. Pita Agbese, an expert of civil-military relations and democratization, who teaches at the University of Northern Iowa, examines this and related questions on Thursday (7:30, Lowry Rm 119) at a public lecture.

Pita Ogaba Agbese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Security and Conflict Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Previously, he served as Acting Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa. He has published extensively on issues such as civil-military relations in Africa, democratization in Africa, civil society in Africa, the environment in Africa, and civil conflicts in Africa. His most recent publication is a co-edited volume with George Klay Kieh, Jr., The Military and Politics in Africa: From Engagement to Democratic and Constitutional Control (2004).

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