Myths of military defection in Egypt and Tunisia

  title={Myths of military defection in Egypt and Tunisia},
  author={A. Holmes and K. Koehler},
  journal={Mediterranean Politics},
  pages={45 - 70}
ABSTRACT In this article, we challenge existing analyses of military behaviour during the Arab uprisings. Egypt and Tunisia are often presented as cases where the military formed an explicit or implicit alliance with the opposition and thereby ‘defected‘ from the regime. In contrast to this interpretation, we show that in Tunisia, insubordination took the form of a police mutiny rather than military defection, while in Egypt the military did not defect from, but rather preserved the regime… Expand
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