Soldiers and Societies in Revolt

This project explores civil-military relations in democratizing contexts, specifically how the historical relationship between the military and the population shapes responses to political crises such as riots and revolutions. In my dissertation, Soldiers and Societies in Revolt: Military Doctrine in the Arab Spring, I develop a theory, rooted in civil-military relations literature from political science and sociology, for how an army’s historical linkages with the population generate organizational culture and practices toward the population, which in turn influence the military’s response to a popular uprising. I provide interview and documentary evidence of this process from Tunisia, where the historical development of positive military-society relations was critical in making possible the “revolution of dignity” of 14 January 2011.

Nick Lotito
Nick Lotito
Lecturer, Political Science and Global Affairs

Lecturer at Yale University, where I teach in the Department of Political Science and the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs.