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Armed Forces in the Middle East : Politics and Strategy - Thomas A. Keaney

Armed Forces in the Middle East

Politics and Strategy

By: Thomas A. Keaney (Editor), Barry Rubin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780714682457
Number Of Pages: 280

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This volume examines the Middle East's leading armed forces and their role in both military and political affairs. It considers their missions, doctrine, training, equipment and effectiveness as fighting forces. At the same time, the various expert contributors discuss the relations between the armed forces and their respective governments, with the issues raised ranging from internal repression to budgetary matters. On some issues, high-ranking officers force Arab regimes to meet their demands. In other ways, regimes impose restrictions on the armies in order to maintian their own political control. These mechanisms also reduce the soldiers' military quality, and hence their ability to wage war. br Among the armed forces specifically examined in this volume are those of Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Syria and Turkey. Other chapters provide an overview of the Middle Eastern militaries' political role and strategic value; of why Arab armies have performed poorly in warfare; and of the part played by the United States and Russia in training, arms supplies, shaping the doctrine of local militaries, and engaging in direct intervention.

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
The Military in Contemporary Middle East Politicsp. 1
Why Arab Armies Lose Warsp. 23
US Policy and Middle East Armed Forcesp. 41
Russia's Military Involvement with the Middle Eastp. 68
Guns and Butter in the Egyptian Armyp. 93
The Syrian Army on the Domestic and External Frontsp. 113
Soliders without Fortune: Palestinian Militarization in the Post-Statehood Erap. 130
The Jordanian Army: Between Domestic and External Challengesp. 149
The Israel Defense Force: Continuity and Changep. 162
The Military and Politics: A Turkish Dilemmap. 189
Saddam Husayn, the Ba'th Regime and the Iraqi Officer Corpsp. 206
The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran: An Assessmentp. 231
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780714682457
ISBN-10: 0714682454
Series: BESA Studies in International Security
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1