To Coup or Not to Coup When do Militaries Overthrow Democracies? (Free lunch)

Lecture by Sharan Grewal from Center of Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution

After the Arab Spring, why did the Egyptian military overthrow its young democracy, while the Tunisian military supported its country’s transition? More generally, what motivates some militaries to stage coups against nascent democracies? By looking into the Tunisian and Egyptian cases and drawing upon over 100 high-level interviews and three surveys of military personnel, Sharan Grewal argues that the military’s decision is shaped by the relationship between former autocrats and their armies.

Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 12 pm
Place: PAC 004


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