Coup-proofing: Its Practice and Consequences in the Middle East

@article{Quinlivan1999CoupproofingIP,
  title={Coup-proofing: Its Practice and Consequences in the Middle East},
  author={James T. Quinlivan},
  journal={International Security},
  year={1999},
  volume={24},
  pages={131-165}
}
In the aftermath of the U.S.-led coalition’s defeat of Iraq in the Gulf War, many observers believed that Saddam Hussein would eventually be toppled in a military coup. After years of dashed hopes, however, few expect that the Iraqi military is likely to undertake such action. Many analysts claim that the Iraqi regime is, in fact, coup-proof. Saddam Hussein’s staying power should cause any similarly led U.S. coalition to rethink not just the possibilities of both coups and coupprooang but how… 

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