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    Towards the abolition of African official armies

    El-Tom, Abdullahi (2013) Towards the abolition of African official armies. Small Wars Journal.

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    The article argues that maintaining official armies in Africa makes little security, political or economic sense and that the continent will do better without them altogether. Taking the case of Sudan, the author states that Sudan’s Armed Forces (SAF) has squarely failed in the undertaking of its mission to secure the country’s borders and has instead channelled its energy into killing citizens, thwarting democracy and propping up dictators. While border disputes can be better handled through other channels, internal security issues can be entrusted to civilian police in addition to the adoption of equitable democratic and transparent governance that makes popular uprisings unnecessary. The article concludes by calling for the disbandment of all government armies on the continent of Africa.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Published under a Creative Commons License (
    Keywords: abolition; African Official Armies; Africa; military; border disputes; peacekeeping; internal security; Sudan;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 13762
    Depositing User: Dr Abdullahi El-Tom
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2020 15:16
    Journal or Publication Title: Small Wars Journal
    Publisher: Small Wars Foundation
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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