Guardians of the Arab State by Florence GaubGuardians of the Arab State by Florence Gaub

Guardians of the Arab State

byFlorence Gaub

Hardcover | August 17, 2017

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Guardians of the Arab State explains clearly and concisely how and why military organizations become involved in politics across the Middle East and North Africa, identifying four key factors: a high degree of organizational capacity, clear institutional interest, a forgiving population andweak civilian control. Looking at numerous case studies ranging from Mauritania to Iraq, the book finds that these factors are common to all Arab countries to have experienced coups in the last century. It also finds that the opposite is true in cases like Jordan, where strong civilian control and the absence of capacity,interest, or a positive public image made coup attempts futile. Gaub also convincingly argues that the reasons are structural rather than cultural, thereby proving a counter-narrative to conventional explanations, which look at Arab coups along religious or historical lines. In essence, thequestions addressed herein lead back to issues of weak statehood, legitimacy, and resource constraints - all problems the Arab world has struggled with since independence.
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.
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Title:Guardians of the Arab StateFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:August 17, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019069761X

ISBN - 13:9780190697617

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"This book is a must-read for diplomatic and military planners across the globe who are concerned about stability in the Middle East, a region with no shortage of military coups, revolutions, civil wars and failing states. Understanding the foundations of civil-military triad -- regionalcivilian leaders' legitimacy, Arab military capabilities, and citizen threat perception-- is a critical requirement for the pursuit of regional stability. This book provides an historical portrait of why Arab armies get involved in the political space and provides policy recommendations fornecessary reforms." --Paula Broadwell, former Deputy Director of the Fletcher School Counter-terrorism Center