By Terence Lee

Although social activities and media will help destabilize authoritarian governments, now not all social protest is efficacious or culminates within the toppling of dictatorships. usually, the military’s reaction determines the result.

In Defect or Defend, Terence Lee makes use of 4 case reviews from Asia to supply perception into the military’s function throughout the transitional section of regime switch. Lee compares renowned uprisings within the Philippines and Indonesia—both of which effectively engaged army help to carry down authoritarian rule—with protest activities in China and Burma which have been violently suppressed by means of army forces.

Lee’s concept of "high personalism" and power-sharing one of the militia management offers a framework for figuring out the serious transitory stages of democratization. He makes use of this thought to study and examine jap Europe’s democratization occasions in 1989, the coloured Revolutions of the early 2000s, and the protests and revolutions unfolding within the heart East. This e-book will entice scholars and students of comparative politics, Asian stories, defense experiences, and diplomacy, in addition to security policymakers.

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