Negotiating Transitions: Arab Armies in Politics
Speaker(s): Professor Yezid Sayigh
Chair: Dr Toby Dodge
Recorded on 23 January 2012 in D402, Clement House.
The construction of authoritarian power in Arab states over past decades has enmeshed national armies in political, economic, and social structures and dynamics. Democratic transition therefore implicates constitutional debates about the nature of the state with renegotiation of the role and status of the military.
Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the future political role of Arab armies, the resistance and reinvention of authoritarian regimes, and the Israel-Palestine conflict and peace process.