First book to examine civil-military relations in post-Arab Spring Lebanon
This volume examines Lebanon’s post-2011 security dilemmas and the tenuous civil-military relations. The Syrian civil war has strained the Lebanese Armed Forces’ (LAF) cohesion and threatens its neutrality – its most valued assets in a divided society. The spill-over from the Syrian civil war and Hezbollah’s military engagement has magnified the security challenges facing the Army, making it a target. Massive foreign grants have sought to strengthen its military capability, stabilize the country and contain the Syria crisis. However, as this volume demonstrates, the real weakness of the LAF is not its lack of sophisticated armoury, but the fragile civil–military relations that compromise its fighting power, cripple its neutrality and expose it to accusations of partisanship and political bias. This testifies to both the importance of and the challenges facing multi-confessional armies in deeply divided countries.
In this volume:
- The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF): A united army for a divided country?
Knudsen, Are John and Tine Gade
- Patrolling a proxy-war: Soldiers, citizens and Zuʻama in Syria Street, Tripoli
Knudsen, Are John
The Limits of Law: Abortion in the Middle East and Northern Africa
Irene Maffi and Liv Tønnessen
Health and Human Rights Journal
Superleiren: Midtøsten som regional flyktningleir
Are John Knudsen
Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier
Sunnism, Salafism, Sheikism: Urban Pathways of Resistance in Sidon, Lebanon
Are John Knudsen
Close your eyes and picture “a humanitarian”. What do you see?
Understanding the inferno on Lesbos: – We need new perspectives on migration to solve this situation