Security networks, deep states, and the democratic deficit in the Middle East

Oren Barak*

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Abstract

This article argues that part of the reason why some Middle Eastern states remain democratically challenged is the emergence, operation, and political influence of “security networks” and “deep states” — informal actors in the area of national security. The article explains what these actors are, situates them in a broad theoretical and comparative perspective, assesses their impact on democratic development, and provides examples from Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)447-465
Number of pages19
JournalMiddle East Journal
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018

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