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Arab Spring and Arab Armies: A New Framework for Analysis


Considered integral parts of their respective regimes since the 1970s, Arab military forces had disappeared from academic studies by and large. During the uprisings now known as ‘Arab Spring’, they however reacted differently than expected – some sided with the regime in power, some fell apart, and some supported the call for change. While this came as a surprise for many analysts, it also created the incentive to rethink the way we study Arab military forces. This article proposes a new framework of analysis which combines the forces’ state to the in- and outside in order to gain greater understanding of them.

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