Mauritania: The Struggle for DemocracyNoel Foster
|2010/315 pages/LC: 2010051828|
Studies on North Africa
A FirstForumPress Book
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Noel Foster has lived and worked in Mauritania for several years, most recently as a graduate fellow with Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service.
- The Making of Modern Mauritania.
- The Army Breaks Rank.
- A Coup for Democracy? Mauritania’s Prague Spring.
- The Puppet Presidential Candidate.
- The Gathering Storm.
- All the General's Men.
- Battling Military Rule.
- The Vanishing Mediators.
- Paths Forward.