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In Yemen, military effectiveness has often been secondary to political or financial advantage. State or military ‘capture’ by self-serving cliques increases corruption and discontent. However, Aldwin Wight and James Spencer argue that viable and equable military organisations and dispositions can be created and maintained, and that a combination of transparency and technology can help to identify and inhibit corruption. The key to achieving a capable military is political will, and this article shows how external sticks and carrots may help.
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