Author(s): William C. Taylor
Arab military responses to the popular uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 differed notably from one another. Despite numerous economic, social, and political similarities among countries, Arab militaries have fractured, remained unified, staunchly supported the regime, boldly stood with the protesters, or remained neutral. This book examines the decision-making calculus of Arab militaries in times of social unrest and reveals why the sale of military equipment to Arab militaries and the Western education of their officers have an inconsequential impact on their domestic behavior. Instead, Arab militaries are clearly driven by domestic restraints and institutional interests. Indeed, the recent spate of social uprisings across the region signals the onset of a new era of civil-military relations in the Arab world.
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