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Role of Arab militaries in popular uprisings

Author(s): James M. Dorsey

Journal: Middle East Studies
ISSN 2109-9618

Volume: 3;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 473;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: arab spring | uprisings | revolutions | democratic movement | civil society | military | Middle East

The structure and role of the armed forces in Egypt and Tunisia made the relatively peaceful overthrow of autocratic rulers in both countries the exception in the Middle East and North Africa. Similarly the structure of the military helps explain the violence in Libya, Syria and Yemen. It foreshadows worse violence in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia should their regimes face similar uprisings.
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