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"Coup-proofing: Its Practice and Consequences in the Middle East"

"Coup-proofing: Its Practice and Consequences in the Middle East"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 24, issue 2, pages 131-165

Fall 1999

Author: James T. Quinlivan

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Quarterly Journal: International Security



How does a regime become coup-proof? James Quinlivan of the RAND Corporation examines the policies that have produced coup-proof regimes in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Syria. These policies include the exploitation of special loyalties, the creation of parallel militaries, the establishment of internal security agencies, the encouragement of expertness in the regular military, and adequate funding of both the parallel militaries and the security agencies. Quinlivan also considers the consequences of redirecting resources to support a coup-proof regime—specifically, the reduction of the military power of a state.


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For Academic Citation:

Quinlivan, James T. "Coup-proofing: Its Practice and Consequences in the Middle East." International Security 24, no. 2 (Fall 1999): 131-165.

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