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Military cooperation between the West and African states in the context of the present crisis in sub-Saharan Africa – an evaluation

Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2007
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Léon Koungou (Université Paris 1)

In sub-Saharan Africa, armies of "practices" coexist from now on with armies of the"needs for security". The peacekeeping training for African armies seems to be a correct answer to the immediate requests for security. The appropriation of the concomitant changes by the body politic (State, local organizations…) and the beneficial feedback of these experiences lead some states, like Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon to experience a reform of the armies based on the adaptation of their training. At the same time the considerable amount of foreign troops, among them many European, being based in these countries may underline the relativity of African states’ sovereignty.