African Security Governance

Emerging Issues

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Africa faces a seemingly ever-increasing range of security challenges. This book is a result of research carried out over a number of years by the Southern African Defense and Security Management Network (SADSEM) on many of these new and emerging security issues, in cooperation with the Danish Institute for International Studies and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The broad focus is on security governance – the role of state and a wide range of social actors in the areas of both human and state security. It deals with a range of sectors, themes and national case studies and makes an important contribution to debates on security sector reform. The topics covered include policing transformation, intelligence governance, regulation of private security actors, challenges of nuclear proliferation, regional security, peace diplomacy and peace missions, the relationship between development and security and new challenges in governance of the military.



Governance of defence in Namibia

Following the achievement of independence by most African countries between 1960–63, the continent witnessed several military coups or attempted coups. Nevertheless, with the end of the Cold War and pressure from Western countries and the US for the continent to democratise, African states have emerged from authoritarian rule. Consequently, most countries have considered it important for the power held by the armed forces to be utilised in a responsible way for the benefit of society (Nathan 1996: 1).


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