Revolts and the Military in the Arab Spring: Popular Uprisings and the Politics of Repression

Revolts and the Military in the Arab Spring: Popular Uprisings and the Politics of Repression

by Sean Burns

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Overview

The Arab Spring, which swept across the Middle East between 2010 and 2012, demonstrated the extent to which military structure and decision-making determine whether peaceful uprisings lead to democratisation, renewed authoritarianism, collapse or civil war.

Through detailed exploration of events in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and Yemen, Sean Burns here breaks down the concept of professionalism within the armed forces into its component parts and demonstrates how variation in military structures determines their behaviour. In so doing, and by emphasising historical context and drawing on a wide range of political science theory, Burns sheds fresh light onto the ways in which military structure affects the potential for democratic transition or the course of civil war. With this book he presented a wide-ranging study of the Middle East which provides key tools to understanding the opportunities for democratisation, both during the Arab Spring and beyond, and which is therefore essential reading for anyone working on the Middle East, popular uprisings and the politics of repression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786723192
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 938 KB

About the Author

Sean Burns is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of William and Mary, Virginia, USA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – The Men with Guns
Chapter 3 – Iran: A Sultanistic Military
Chapter 4 – Tunisia: A Professional Military
Chapter 5 – Egypt: An Institutionalized/Corporate Military
Chapter 6 – Bahrain: A Ruler/Mercenary Military
Chapter 7 – Libya: A Factionalized Military
Chapter 8 – Syria: A Factionalized Military
Chapter 9 – Yemen: A Factional Military
Chapter 10 – Extensions and Complications
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