Civil-Military Relations

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 05:27
Burkina Faso's army-appointed leader on Thursday shrugged off a demand by the African Union to return power to a civilian government within two weeks, saying what is more critical is ensuring a smooth transition through elections next year.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 06:22
The Brazilian military isn’t just providing security for the 2016 Olympic Games, taking place in Rio de Janeiro August 5 to 21. It will host several competitions, too – and members of the Brazilian Armed Forces are even competing in several of the events.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 06:15
As events in Burkina Faso move ahead at breakneck pace, I’m struck by how much they encapsulate different political struggles that have defined African protest since the anti-colonial period. Political transformations across Africa have rarely come piecemeal. Instead, they tend to come in waves, sweeping across the region and leaving massive social transformations in their wake.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 06:08
The African Union has given Burkina Faso’s army two weeks to return power to a civilian government or face sanctions, the head of the organisation’s peace and security council said on Monday.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 06:02
Liberian security forces fired with “complete disregard for human life” into crowds of civilians protesting a blanket Ebola quarantine over the summer, killing one teenager and seriously wounding another young man, according to the first independent investigation of the deadly clashes.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 06:00
Burkina Faso's political parties have agreed that the country's political transition should last a year, followed by elections in November 2015. But the crisis talks in the capital Ouagadougou ended without a deal on who would head a transitional government.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 05:59
Despite often rancorous discussion brokered by three African presidents, political and military leaders in Burkina Faso have failed to name a civilian to lead a transition to democracy after the resignation of President Blaise Compaoré.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 05:58
The African Union (AU) says the army acted unconstitutionally when it took over after President Blaise Compaore was forced to resign on Friday. The AU on Monday gave the army a two-week deadline. Interim leader Lt Col Isaac Zida later promised to comply.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:20

This week, Turkey allowed roughly 150 Iraqi Kurds to transit Turkish territory in order to reinforce Kurdish forces defending the city of Kobani, Syria, which has been under siege by the Islamic State. President of Burkina Faso Blaise Campaore decided to step down following violent protests against efforts to amend the constitution to allow for his reelection. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto met with the families of dozens of students who went missing near the town of Iguala last month. The U.S.-appointed Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) published a series of major reports this week showing that U.S.-funded reconstruction efforts are currently hampered by a variety of issues.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:48

Mexican politicians asked citizens to stand by the armed forces despite allegations that soldiers massacred 22 people in June. Some supporters even created a social media campaign using the hashtag #yosoy126 to express their support for the army. Colombian activists petitioned President Juan Manuel Santos to reconider a law that would weaken civilian jurisdiction over the prosecution of military crimes. Click through for more Latin America civil-military relations updates.