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Part 3 What Kind of Government: Civilian or Military?, 3.5 The Role of the Army in a Multicommunity Society: The Case of Lebanon

Antoine Messarra

From: Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Islam after the Arab Spring

Rainer Grote, Tilmann J. Röder

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 May 2023

Lebanese constitutional research has tended to neglect examination of the role of the army and army-government relations in a multicommunity society; behind optimistic and patriotic talk there hides a deep crisis, loaded with all the accumulated tensions of the past. Repetitive and accusatory discourse about Chehabism,1 the Second Bureau, and the televised coups d’état, as well as divergent political views about the army’s intervention in domestic problems, is met with weariness. Will we finally learn the lessons of our past? Unfortunately, the experiences...
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