The Military's Role in Political Change

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Bahraini army APC pulls out of an area near Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011. A Bahraini army APC pulls out of an area near Pearl Square in Manama on February 19, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)

As repressive regimes teeter and fall across the Middle East, the armed forces in these countries are in a consequential position. The Egyptian military quickly realized that President Mubarak’s hold on power was slipping. As protests erupted in Cairo, most of the armed forces refused to open fire on civilian protesters. However, the situation is radically different in Bahrain and Libya. What role are militaries playing in political change in the Middle East and elsewhere?

Joining us to discuss the military's role in political change is David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times and weekly guest on WQXR's "The Washington Report."


David Sanger

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

wamboosi from Botswana

It is necessary considering the loss of lives in Libya to act in any way possible to stop more deaths. However, the question that remains is the double standard countries under UN take when its some countries like Israeli, Ivory Cost and etc. I acknowledge that every intervention is guided by what countries get as bonuses at the end of every effort.

Mar. 03 2011 04:46 AM

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