This book examines military disengagement from politics in the selected states of Africa and Latin America. It focuses on the political consequences of coups d'etat and illustrates what may be inherent limits in armed forces' ability to transform their societies.
1. How Armed Forces Become Politically Engaged: Civil-Military Relations 2. Involvement and Disengagement 3. The Regional Contexts 4. Bolivia: The Consequences of Partial Revolution 5. Ghana: The Roots of Endemic Praetorianism 6. Nigeria: The Politics of Military Correction 7. Peru: The Limits of the "New Professionalism" 8. Colombia: Political Parties and Disengagement 9. Cote-D'ivoire: Personal Rule and Civilian Control 10. Disengagement and Paths of Change