Mauritania : the struggle for democracy /

Why did a clique of Mauritanian officers risk their lives to overthrow the autocrat they had served for twenty years, only to cede power to an elected civilian? And having won acclaim for their commitment to a process of democratic transition, why did most of these officers join a year later to over...

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Author / Creator:Foster, Noel, 1985-
Imprint:Boulder, Colo. : FirstForumPress, 2011.
Description:1 online resource (viii, 315 pages).
Language:English
Series:Studies on North Africa
Studies on North Africa.
Subject:Democracy -- Mauritania.
HISTORY -- Africa -- West.
Democracy.
Politics and government.
Demokratisierung
Mauritania -- Politics and government -- 1960-
Mauritania.
Mauretanien
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11404459
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ISBN:9781626371149
1626371148
9781935049302
1935049305
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-306) and index.
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Summary:Why did a clique of Mauritanian officers risk their lives to overthrow the autocrat they had served for twenty years, only to cede power to an elected civilian? And having won acclaim for their commitment to a process of democratic transition, why did most of these officers join a year later to overthrow the newly elected president? Had the international community been fooled by a military junta or was it complicit in creating an elaborate pseudo-democratic facade? Drawing on numerous interviews and field research in an Islamic republic wracked by ethnic tensions, terrorism, dire poverty, and the living legacy of slavery, Noel Foster addresses these questions to reveal the complex forces at work in Mauritania's long struggle for better governance. -- Publisher description.
Other form:Print version: Foster, Noel, 1985- Mauritania 9781935049302