Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania

Guardians of the Arab State: When Militaries Intervene in Politics, from Iraq to Mauritania

by Florence Gaub

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190697617
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Florence Gaub is a senior analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, where she heads the Middle East program. Her research focuses on conflict, war and armed forces in the Arab world.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Of Kingmakers and Game-changers 1

2 The View from Within: Military Reasons 7

Institutional capacity: because they can 7

Military interests: because they want to 28

3 The Company they Keep: Socio-Political Reasons 51

Civil-military relations undone: because there is nobody else 51

Social capital: because they're allowed to 76

4 Models of Non-Political Armies 101

The failed force who couldn't Iraq, Libya, Yemen 101

The professional force who won't: Lebanon, Tunisia 119

5 Models of Potentially Political Armies 137

The capable force that is checked: Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia 137

The Jordanian military: from tribal to royal 138

The political force which will: Egypt, Algeria 162

Conclusion: The Four Preconditions of Coups, and their Aftermath 181

Notes 187

Bibliography 225

Index 257

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