Bridging the gap between the military and civilians in order to democratize Africa was the topic of discussion by Dr. Mathurin C. Houngnikpo, who spoke to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters staff April 27, 2011, on Kelley Barracks.
Houngnikpo, a professor and academic chair of Civil-Military Relations at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, addressed command staff on “Civil-Military Relations and Democratic Governance in Africa,” as part of the Commander’s Speaker Series, an initiative to bring speakers with diverse viewpoints to the command to share ideas and thoughts.
“Civil-militaryrelations is very close to my heart because of my time in the Army,” he said, “I didn’t like the military until I started doing research for my dissertation and when we had a national conference in Benin. That’s when I realized how critical the military is to Africa and to African democracy. “ [READ MORE]
Source: U.S. Africa Command