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Armies and insurgencies in the Arab Spring / edited by Holger Albrecht, Aurel Croissant, and Fred H. Lawson.

Format Book and Print
Publication Info Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2016]
Descriptionvi, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Other author/creatorAlbrecht, Holger, 1972- editor.
Other author/creatorCroissant, Aurel, 1969- editor.
Other author/creatorLawson, Fred Haley, 1952- editor.
Other author/creatorPion-Berlin, David. Military relations in comparative perspective. Container of (work)
Contents Military relations in comparative perspective / David Pion-Berlin -- Officers and regimes : the historical origins of political-military relations in Middle Eastern republics / Kevin Koehler -- Armed forces, internal security services, and popular contention in the Middle East and North Africa / Fred H. Lawson -- Shifting role of the military in Arab politics? : regional perspectives and implications for the future of civil-military relations in the region / Robert Springborg -- Should I stay or should I go? : comparing military (non- )cooperation during authoritarian regime crises in the Arab world and Asia / Aurel Croissant and Tobias Selge -- Cain and Abel in the land of Sheba : elite conflict and the military in Yemen / Holger Albrecht -- Bahrain's "cohesive" military and regime stability amid unrest / Dorothy Ohl -- Syrian military and the 2011 uprising / Philippe Droz-Vincent -- Egypt : from military reform to military sanctuarization / Chérine Chams el-Dine -- Tunisian military and democratic control of the armed forces / Risa A. Brooks -- Building an army to build the state? : the challenge of building security institutions in post-Qaddafi Libya / Virginie Collombier -- Military prestige, defense-industrial production, and the rise of Gulf military activism / Shana Marshall.
Summary Following the popular uprisings that swept across the Arab world beginning in 2010, armed forces remained pivotal actors in politics throughout the region. As demonstrators started to challenge entrenched autocratic rulers in Tunis, Cairo, Sana'a, and Manama, the militaries stormed back into the limelight and largely determined whether any given ruler survived the protests. In Tunisia, Egypt, and Yemen, senior officers pulled away from their presidents, while in Algeria, Bahrain, and Syria, they did not. More important, military officers took command in shaping the new order and conflict trajectories throughout that region. 'Armies and Insurgencies in the Arab Spring' explores the central problems surrounding the role of armed forces in the contemporary Arab world. How and why do military apparatuses actively intervene in politics? What explains the fact that in some countries, military officers and rank-and-file take steps to defend an incumbent, while in others they defect and refrain from suppressing popular protest? What are the institutional legacies of the military's engagement during, and in the immediate aftermath of, mass uprisings? 0Focusing on these questions, editors Holger Albrecht, Aurel Croissant, and Fred H. Lawson have organized 'Armies and Insurgencies in the Arab Spring' into three sections. The first employs case studies to make comparisons within and between regions; the second examines military engagements in the Arab uprisings in Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria; and the third looks at political developments following the cresting of the protest wave in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and the Gulf. The collection promotes better understanding not only of the particular history of military engagement in the Arab Spring but also of significant aspects of the transformation of political-military relations in other regions of the contemporary world.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 265-292) and index.
Genre/formCase studies.
LCCN 2016024716
ISBN9780812248548 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
ISBN0812248546 (hardcover ; alk. paper)

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