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Mauritania's Colonels

Political Leadership, Civil-Military Relations and Democratization, 1st Edition

By Boubacar N’Diaye


140 pages

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This book, the result of more than a decade of research, focuses on the socio-political dynamics and civil-military relations in a little studied country: Mauritania, located in the troubled North-western part of Africa. Boubacar N’Diaye brings into light the political evolution of this country which holds lessons for African politics, and could affect the future of the West African sub-region.

Mauritania’s Colonels examines the personalities and policy of five military officers turned heads of state who ruled Mauritania for nearly forty years. After comparing and contrasting the personal traits, social origins, itineraries, and evolution as military officers, it critically evaluates the policies they enacted to address four key challenges their country faces. These are, namely, the difficult cohabitation between the country’s ethno-cultural communities, the illusive democratization and military withdrawal from politics, the judicious management of the country’s abundant natural resources to meet the socioeconomic needs of their people, and the prudent conduct of foreign policy given Mauritania’s location, straddling Arab North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Showing the impact that each Colonel has had on the evolution of Mauritania, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of West Africa, African politics, civil-military relations and democratization processes.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
  3. Mauritania’s Colonels: A Portrayal
  4. Unworkable Co-Habitation: The ‘National Question’
  5. Democratization and Military Withdrawal
  6. The Challenge of Socioeconomic Development
  7. The Colonels’ Foreign Policy: An Extension of the ‘National Question’?
  8. Conclusions

About the Author

Boubacar N’Diaye is a professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at The College of Wooster, USA.

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African Governance

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies