The Arab security sector: A new research Agenda for a neglected topic

Oren Barak, Assaf David*

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Abstract

This article discusses the lack of adequate attention to the Arab Security Sector and its complex political and social roles in the Arab States and presents the contours of a new research agenda for this topic. First, the authors demonstrate the insufficient scholarly attention accorded to the Arab Security Sector in several academic publications in the fields of Middle East Studies and Security Studies in the period 1990 - 2005. Second, they focus on three major areas where recent theoretical and comparative advances in the study of civil - military relations have not been paralleled in the study of the Arab Security Sector: (1) the role of the Arab Security Sector in the process of state formation; (2) informal connections between actors within the Arab Security Sector and actors operating in the political system; and (3) the role of the Arab Security Sector in reflecting and reinforcing patterns of intersectoral relations in the Arab States.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)804-824
Number of pages21
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Arab states
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Middle East
  • Military
  • Security sector
  • State formation

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