Accession Number : ADA609793


Title :   After the Spring: Reforming Arab Armies


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE


Personal Author(s) : Gaub, Florence


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a609793.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 45


Abstract : The Arab Spring had a military dimension in both its targets--regimes with a military background--and its outcomes. Where the armed forces in their entirety or partially sided with the protesters regime change succeeded; where they did not, it failed. The somewhat renewed political role of Arab forces has therefore underlined not only their importance, but also the necessity for reform. This monograph focuses on the structural aspects of reform that would benefit the Arab Spring forces; it identifies seven features which need to be addressed when attempting Arab military reform in the countries affected by large-scale unrest in 2011. These are: an unclear mandate, over-politicization, lack of civilian oversight, a challenging ongoing security situation, limited resources, pockets of paramilitary activity, and, in parts, lack of an institutional perception of the need to reform. It looks at the reasons for these features and formulates possible solutions.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , ARABS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , MIDDLE EAST , NORTH AFRICA , PARAMILITARY FORCES , SECURITY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE