Arab Militaries: A Political Comeback

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Dr Florence GaubA presentation by Dr Florence Gaub from the European Union Institute for Security Studies about Arab military and security establishments and their political roles.

Arab armed forces have staged a political comeback since 2011: One way or the other, they have facilitated or obstructed regime change in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Yemen, and have had a decidedly important role in the unfolding of events in Iraq and Algeria. Whether actively or passively, the military still determines the political course in the Arab world.

Addressing the question of why Arab armed forces still part of the political scene after decades of apparent silence, Florence Gaub will examine the current state of affairs and what it means for us.

Speaker Biography

Florence Gaub joined the European Union Institute for Security Studies in May 2013 where she works on the Arab world with a focus on strategy and security. In addition to monitoring post-conflict developments in Iraq, Lebanon and Libya, she works on Arab military forces, conflict structures and geostrategic dimensions of the Arab region. Previously employed at NATO Defence College and the German parliament, she wrote her PhD on the Lebanese army at Humboldt University Berlin and holds degrees from Sciences Po Paris, Sorbonne and Munich universities.

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