Barcelona, Spain

The Return of the Military in Arab States

when 4 July 2022 - 8 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 300

The political role and importance of national armed forces is growing across the Arab region in a manner not seen since the period of multiple military interventions in the 1950s and 1960s. The trend is especially noticeable in Arab republics, especially those with pronounced authoritarian legacies, although the armed forces have also emerged as the primary means of state consolidation and power projection in several Arab monarchies. The drivers, trajectories, and outcomes of this revival of military politics are shaped by four principal factors: the nature of relations between the armed forces and the head of state; internal dynamics within the armed forces and within the state’s overall coercive apparatus (including internal security and intelligence agencies); the degree of empowerment and autonomy or marginalization of the private sector and the position of the armed forces in the generation of capital; and the ability of these various state actors to leverage foreign support. In all cases, the rise of military politics takes place in the context of financial crises and the far-reaching transitions they generate in the social and political alliances on which ruling regimes have previously relied.

Course leader

Yezid Sayigh (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Target group

The Barcelona Summer School of the Mediterranean and the Middle East is a joint initiative of IBEI and Blanquerna - Universitat Ramón Llull. The School consists of two separate but complementary parts. The first part will consist of a number of short courses on the politics and international relations of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, taught by experts of international repute. The second part will include interactive roundtables focused on the various policy challenges the two regions face. This unique dual structure will enable the programme to cater to the needs of students and practitioners. The program is designed for graduate students and all those who have an interest in advanced knowledge of the mediterranean and middle east issues. The objective is to offer different short courses on significant topics, taught by scholars and experts of international prestige.

Credits info

2 EC
Participants have the opportunity to gain ECTS credits if they are recognized by their universities.
10 hour course: 2 credits = Complete the course + daily assignments / project work

Fee info

EUR 300: Fee for Students. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022
EUR 450: Fee for Professionals/Researchers. Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (2 courses 20%; 3 courses 30%; 4 courses 40%).
Early bird discount: an additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before 15 June 2022

Scholarships

A number of scholarships to cover full or half course fees will be available. To apply for a scholarship, interested persons must send to IBEI (Carlos Sánchez, csanchez@ibei.org) until 23 May 2022, a letter of interest, a CV, and a recommendation letter.