Postscript: The Lebanese Armed Forces in Regional Perspective
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The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are often portrayed as an exception among Arab armies: rarely involved in politics, plural in nature, passive operationally, yet universally admired by virtually all groups in Lebanon. In fact, closer examination reveals that, for every apparent idiosyncrasy, the army has a regional counterpart with similar features. However, one aspect of the LAF is indeed unique: the army has not engaged in successful coups nor have civilians engaged in coup-proofing measures. From its inception, the LAF has remained a neutral arbiter under. This is because members of the are divided along several dimensions – socio-economic, ethno-religious and generational – and lack the shared interests necessary for coup-making. This, together with consociational, prevents monopolization of power and has precluded the need for coup-proofing measures.
KeywordsLebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Arab Armies Successful Coup Regional Counterparts Stage Coups
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