Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness

Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness

by Kenneth M. Pollack


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190906962
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 696
Sales rank: 225,722
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Kenneth M. Pollack has been an expert on Middle Eastern military and political affairs for over 30 years. He has served as a Persian Gulf Military analyst at the CIA and Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the NSC. A longtime Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, where he ran the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, he is currently a Resident Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute. His other books on the politics and military of the Middle East include the bestsellers The Threatening Storm, Arabs at War and its sequel The Persian Puzzle.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Six-Day War and the Mystery of Arab Military Ineffectiveness
1. Pattens of Arab Military Performance
Part I: Soviet Doctrine
2. The Soviet Way of War
3. Arab Militaries and Soviet Doctrine
4. North Korea, Cuba, and Soviet Doctrine
Part II: Politicization
5. Politicization
6. Arab Militaries and Politicization: Egypt
7. Arab Militaries and Politicization: Iraq
8. Politicization and the South Vietnamese Armed Forces
9. Politicization and the Argentine Armed Forces
Part III: Underdevelopment
10. Economic Development and Military Effectiveness
11. Economic Development and Syrian Military Effectiveness
12. Economic Development and the Libya-Chad Wars
13. Economic Development and Chinese Military Effectiveness
14. Economic Development and Arab Military Effectiveness
Part IV: Culture
15. War and Culture
16. Arab Culture as an Explanation for Military Ineffectiveness
17. Aab Culture: Patterns and Predilections
18. Arab Culture and Arab Military Effectiveness
19. Arab Culture and Civilian Organizations
20. Culture and Education: The Causal Link
21. Arab Military Training Methods
22. Exceptional Arab Militaries: State Armed Forces
23. Exceptional Arab Militaries: Non-State Armies
Conclusions: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness

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