|Houngnikpo, Mathurin C.
Farnham (Surrey, UK) and Burlington (VT, USA), Ashgate 218 pp.
Reviewed by Jannie Malan, Senior Researcher in the Knowledge Production Department at ACCORD, South Africa, in the African Journal on Conflict Resolution 11 No. 3, 2011
According to the author, the thrust of this book is to explore the question 'whether African militaries can ever accept civilian control' (p. vi). The fact that he phrases the essence of this publication in the form of a question – on the first page of the preface – reveals the probing way in which he approached his crucially important topic. His orientation towards searching for understanding is underlined by the first part of the title, which is based on a Roman satirical poet's ever-relevant question of twenty centuries ago: 'Who will guard the guardians?'