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Military Politics of the Contemporary Arab World

Philippe Droz-Vincent

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Cambridge University Press
29 October 2020
Politics & government; Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship; Political activism; Demonstrations & protest movements; Revolutionary groups & movements
Aside from large-scale civic mobilisations, no force was more critical to the outcomes of the 2011 Arab uprisings than the armed forces. Nearly a decade after these events, we see militaries across the region in power, once again performing critical roles in state politics. Taking as a point of reference five case studies where uprisings took place in 2011, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria, Philippe Droz-Vincent explores how these armies were able to install themselves for decades under enduring authoritarian regimes, how armies reacted to the 2011 Uprisings, and what role they played in the post-Uprising regime re-formations or collapses. Devoting a chapter to monarchical armies with a special focus on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Droz-Vincent addresses whether monarchies radically differ from republics, to compare the foundational role of Arab armies in state building, in the Arab world and beyond.
By:   Philippe Droz-Vincent
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
ISBN:   9781108708685
ISBN 10:   1108708684
Pages:   302
Publication Date:   29 October 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction; 1. The surge of armies in Arab states; 2. Changing dynamics with the rise of authoritarian regimes; 3. Armies living under enduring authoritarian regimes: the officer as an (influential) bureaucrat; 4. Are Arab monarchies different?; 5. Agency restored? Uprisings, surprise, army intervention and abyssal challenges ahead; 6. Post-uprising eras and regime (tentative) re-formations; Conclusion. Arab armies once again at the forefront.

Philippe Droz-Vincent is Professor of Political Science in Sciences-Po Grenoble, France. He has written widely on Arab political regimes, authoritarianism, armies and American foreign policy in the Middle East. He is the author of The Middle East: Authoritarian Regimes and Stalled Societies (2004), Dizziness of Power: The American Moment in the Middle East (2007) in French and numerous articles in journals including The Middle East Journal, The International Spectator and International Journal of Middle East Studies.

Reviews for Military Politics of the Contemporary Arab World

'Droz-Vincent's historically grounded, comparative study of the changing political roles of Arab militaries is both theoretically informed and rich in detail. By correctly placing those militaries at the heart of their respective political systems, he underscores this distinctive feature of Arab politics and its profoundly negative consequences for the Middle East.' Robert Springborg, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School 'Military praetorianism has epitomized the Arab world for decades, but it has not been uniform either in content or over time. Droz-Vincent deftly dissects the military phenomenon across three distinct phases of military predominance, culminating in the period since the 2011 uprisings. He focuses mainly on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, the countries most impacted by the uprisings, but the reader will find that he casts his analytic net more broadly.' John Waterbury, President Emeritus, American University of Beirut 'Droz-Vincent's historically grounded, comparative study of the changing political roles of Arab militaries is both theoretically informed and rich in detail. By correctly placing those militaries at the heart of their respective political systems, he underscores this distinctive feature of Arab politics and its profoundly negative consequences for the Middle East.' Robert Springborg, Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School 'Military praetorianism has epitomized the Arab world for decades, but it has not been uniform either in content or over time. Droz-Vincent deftly dissects the military phenomenon across three distinct phases of military predominance, culminating in the period since the 2011 uprisings. He focuses mainly on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, the countries most impacted by the uprisings, but the reader will find that he casts his analytic net more broadly.' John Waterbury, President Emeritus, American University of Beirut


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