Upcoming publication: “Businessmen in Arms”
The book “Businessmen in Arms: How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA Region”, edited by Elke Grawert and Zeinab Abul-Magd, addresses the vital relationship between coercive power and material wealth in that region.
The Arab uprisings have brought renewed attention to the role of the military in the MENA region, where they are either the backbone of regime power or a crucial part of patronage networks in political systems. This collection of essays by international experts examines the economic interests of armed actors ranging from military businesses in Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Jordan, Sudan, and Yemen to retired military officers’ economic endeavors and the web of funding of non-state armed groups in Syria and Libya. Due to the combined power of business and arms, the military often manages to incorporate or quell competing groups and thus, to revert achievements of revolutionary movements.
The book is based on the results of the research project “Economic interests and actors in Arab countries and their role during and after the Arab Spring” lead by Elke Grawert until 2015 and funded by Volkswagen Foundation.
It will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in April 2016.