Kristen A. Harkness

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Kristen A. Harkness is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. After receiving her Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and International Relations from Princeton University, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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Foreign Policy Essay

To Promote Stability and Democracy in Africa, Focus on Its Militaries

Editor's Note: The United States is more engaged in Africa than ever before. This increasing role is occurring as Africa struggles with political liberalization: although we’ve seen impressive successes, much of the continent is mired in authoritarianism. Kristen Harkness of the University of St. Andrews explains the different ways that militaries can interfere with successful democratization. She argues that the West should focus on reforming militaries as part of a broader effort to democratize and stabilize Africa.

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