Ten years after the Arab uprisings, Arab armies are in a state of flux. They played a pivotal role in shaping post-2011 political outcomes and, today, the military is even more influential in crafting power relations. However, the fracturing — or de facto crises — many Arab states have experienced also affects, and sometimes reduces, their role, prompting military forces to re-invent themselves in the current security hybridization age.
Does hybridity still represent an effective analytical lens? What about “re-generated military forces” instead? Which trajectory can be identified for good governance, counterinsurgency, and military education? How do securitization and coup-proofing work in hybrid orders? Complementing previous studies on non-state and hybrid forces, this Dossier explores how Arab armies are navigating a less army-centred security environment.