Transition Conduct in Burkina Faso: A Citizen’s Selection

Abdoul Salam Ouédraogo, Burkinabè residing in the USA, has already made his choice for who should lead the Transition in Burkina Faso. He presents, as arguments, the course of his “champion”.

A good strategist and well known in the defense and security community, Colonel Auguste Denise Barry is a senior officer in the Burkinabè army of Ouahigouya in northern Burkina Faso. Much INTEGRATEDreputed STRICT, the man was, among other things, former Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralization and Security and Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Studies in Defense and Security Burkina Faso.

PhD student in Strategy (Military History) at the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon (IRIC), University of Yaoundé II Soa, Cameroon (2021), Colonel Barry holds a Masters in Strategy-Defense-Security, Conflict and Disaster Management Option (2009-2010) from the same university, the Higher Joint Defense Course Certificate (War School) from Yaoundé in Cameroon and several other military and civilian degrees. The son of the city of Naaba Kango will also develop most of his military training in defense and security issues in Africa, especially in its sub-Saharan part.

He It is also Specialist in Security and Mediation by the Association of Mediators of the Republic of UEMOA (AMP-UEMOA), resource person of the Association of African Interns and Students in France (ASEAF) and the Mandela Institute in Paris, Specialist and resource person of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for Political Dialogue. His knowledge of the defense and security environment and his experience will open the doors of the United Nations for him. Colonel Auguste Denise Barry is selected during 2022 as an expert to prepare a new United Nations approach to the Sahel on security.

In addition to being a good military connoisseur, the Ouahigouya native carries the experience of a great pedagogue behind him. In fact, he is a temporary teacher at the Joseph KI-ZERBO University, in “Strategy and Geopolitics” in the Master in Applied Macroeconomics and International Finance (MAFI) of the Training and Research Unit in Economic and Management Sciences, in “Process of stabilization, reconstruction, post-conflict security” for the Professional Master’s in Mediation and Conflict Management (MMC) of the Training and Research Unit in Human Sciences, in “State Defense Policy-Strategy” of the Higher Institute of International Studies (INHEI) of Ouagadougou. His people management is unparalleled. In addition to his duties as a minister in 2011 and 2014-2015. The man has a very good civil-military experience because he will occupy high civil and military roles. Among other things, it will:

  • Technical consultant of the Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs,
  • Focal point to Burkina with the African Union’s African Crisis Immediate Response Capacity (CARIC),
  • Division boss Planning/Monitoring the Operations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces,
  • Focal point the ECOWAS Chiefs of Staff Committee for Burkina Faso,
  • Chief of Staff of the Army General Staff,
  • Head of the Operations Office of 1DMilitary Region, and corps chief of 11and Command of the Infantry Regiment of Dori, Training Group of the Armed Forces of Bobo and later Georges Namoano Military Academy of Pô,
  • Director the Monitoring/Information Processing Office of the Secretary of State for the Presidency of Faso,
  • mission chief and Advice to the presidency of Faso,
  • Director of the National Police Academy,
  • military advisor the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to CAR and BONUCA,
  • deputy commander of the Burkinabè Company of MINURCA,
  • Logistics Director MINURCA’s Burkinabè Contingent,
  • Editor-in-Chief the Force Commander and the Chief of Staff of MINURCA,
  • Safety officer Role of the United Nations System in CAR;
  • president of the Foresight Experts Task Force on social cohesion in Burkina Faso, a study commissioned by the Presidency of Faso,
  • permanent secretary the Permanent Secretariat for Follow-up of Resolutions, Recommendations and Decisions of the National Armed Forces Consultation Frameworks and Focal point the African Center for Strategic Studies (ACCESA) Community Fellowship of the United States of America for the Department of National Defense and Veterans Affairs,
  • resource person and Representing from Burkina Faso to the Board of Directors of the Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces in Geneva, Switzerland (DCAF).

As a soldier, Colonel Auguste Denise Barry will be brought in to fill strategic roles within the Burkina Army. He will be :

1997-2000: Chief of Staff of 11and Command Infantry Regiment in Dori, Burkina Faso.


Ensure command and administration of the troop corps, as commander of the corps;

Fulfill the operational missions entrusted to the corps.

1995-1997: Head of the Operations Office of 1Time Military Region in Kaya, Burkina Faso.


Ensure the operational preparation and operational planning of the units and personnel that make up the military region;

Develop and implement critical infrastructure protection plans, operations plans and troop engagement;

Develop operational and tactical guidelines and implement concepts of use of force;

Contribute to the defense of the integrity of the territory and the fight against insecurity.

1995-1996: Cumulatively, Head of Detachment and Company Commander 1st Command PostTime Military Region in Kaya, Burkina Faso;


Provide command and administration of the unit;

Fulfill the missions entrusted to the company.

1994: Chief of Staff of the Army General Staff, Burkina Faso.


Animate the Office of the Chief of Staff;

Contribute to the establishment and operation of the newly created body of commanders;

Support and advice to the Chief of Staff…

1992-1994: brigade commander of Officer Application and Instructor at the Armed Forces General Staff School (ECFA) in Kamboinsé, Burkina Faso.

Responsibilities: ensure the functioning of the Officer Candidacy Brigade, organizing internships and giving courses to interns in the subjects selected in the internship programs carried out at the school.


Director from the Office of Monitoring and Information Processing of the Presidency of Faso:


Summarize intelligence records for the Head of State;

Accompany specific dossiers as instructed by the Head of State;

Develop strategic guidance guides for the intelligence cycle;

Coordinate, if necessary, certain actions of the intelligence services.

mission chief to the Presidency of Faso:


Study files entrusted to you by the Head of State;

Accompany specific dossiers as instructed by the Head of State;

Carry out the missions entrusted to it by the Head of State.

Advice from the President of Faso:


Technical studies of archives for the benefit of the Head of State;

Delegation for the Monitoring of some missions of the President of Faso;

Advisory support to the President of Faso.

1988-1989: Instructor to the Popular Armed Forces Training Group.

Responsibility: Provide courses to interns in the subjects selected in the internship programs carried out at the school.

1989-1990: Director the National Police School in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso;


Ensure the command and administration of this school;

Provide initial and additional training for national police officers and senior managers.

1984-1985: commissioner Policy at the Bam Province High Commission in Koungoussi, Burkina Faso.

Responsibilities: Ensure the political formation of the people and popular mobilization for the realization of the projects and programs of the Democratic and Popular Revolution.

From the height of its rich and diversified functions, man received various honors, in particular will be: Commander of the National Order; Officer of the National Order; Knight of the National Order; Military Medal of Honor; Firefighters Medal of Honor; National Police Medal of Honor; Commemorative medal with Centrafrique 1 clasp (MINURCA); Commemorative medal with clasp 2 from the Central African Republic (BONUCA) and MINURCA commemorative medal. Anything that is an asset to Burkina at this crucial period in its history, especially in the fight against terrorism. Already proven, Auguste Denise Barry can be of great importance in managing the transition and its success.

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