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Civil-Military Relations in Lebanon

Conflict, Cohesion and Confessionalism in a Divided Society

Editors: Knudsen, Are John, Gade, Tine (Eds.)

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  • First book to examine civil-military relations in post-Arab Spring Lebanon
  • Building on first-hand accounts, this title offers a new perspective on the Army’s security challengesExplores a topic that has been rarely explored by researchers since the end of the civil war
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About this book

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. 

About the authors

Are John Knudsen is Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway. He is a social anthropologist focusing on peace, conflict and forced migration in South Asia and the Middle East. 
Tine Gade is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) 2016-2018. A political scientist, she works on Islamism and political leadership in Lebanon and Iraq. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF): A United Army for a Divided Country?

    Pages 1-22

    Knudsen, Are John (et al.)

  • The Lebanese Army After the Syrian Crisis: Alienating the Sunni Community?

    Pages 23-49

    Gade, Tine (et al.)

  • Allure of the Army? Recruiting Rural Youth in the Lebanese Armed Forces

    Pages 51-70

    Yassin, Nasser (et al.)

  • Patrolling a Proxy War: Citizens, Soldiers and Zuʻama in Syria Street, Tripoli

    Pages 71-99

    Knudsen, Are John

  • Gendering (In-)Security: The Army, Barriers and Frontiers in Urban Tripoli

    Pages 101-120

    Kortam, Marie

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55167-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
Softcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Civil-Military Relations in Lebanon
Book Subtitle
Conflict, Cohesion and Confessionalism in a Divided Society
Editors
  • Are John Knudsen
  • Tine Gade
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55167-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55167-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55166-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85584-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 155
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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