FLORENCE, ITALY – Civilian control of militaries has been a vital component of democratization in the Middle East. Samuel Huntington’s “Third Wave of Democratization”, which, he argued, began in 1974, is now washing up on Arab shores, thereby opening up the possibility that militaries may be subordinated to representative civilian governments. Robert Springborg will assess the prospects for an consequences of such civilian control in various Arab countries.
The meting is April 11, at 6:00 p.m. with the introduction by Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence.
At 6:10 p.m. Civil-Military Relations in the Wake of the Arab Spring, Robert Springborg, Professor, Department of National Security Affairs of the Naval Postgraduate School, and Program Manager for the Middle East for the Center for Civil-Military Relations.
At 7:00 p.m. Q&A with audience
Robert Springborg is a Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs of the Naval Postgraduate School and Program Manager for the Middle East for the Center for Civil-Military Relations. His publications include Mubarak’s Egypt: Fragmentation of the Political Order; Family Power and Politics in Egypt and more.
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