The Strategic Dimensions of the Joint Arab Military Force Project

The Strategic Dimensions of the Joint Arab Military Force Project

  • 5 August 2015

The joint Arab military force project refers to the strengthening of Arab military cooperation in terms of strategic thinking and the employment and integration of operational resources. Historically, initial moves towards increased Arab military cooperation gathered momentum at the beginning of the 1950s, but its scope was somewhat limited. For evaluative purposes, developments can be categorized as follows: military cooperation in 1948, military cooperation between 1948 and 1967, and military cooperation between 1967 and 1973. Efforts toward heightened military cooperation have historically faced a number of obstacles tied to compatibility issues, including: contrasting political systems and strategic perceptions, the multiplicity and diversity of threats, and having to contend with an array of different military doctrines and strategies.

The specific notion of establishing a joint Arab military force was an Egyptian initiative launched during the twenty-sixth session of the Arab Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh during March 2015. This force was to be capable of rapid intervention to counter any perceived threat to Arab national security.

The joint Arab military force project comprises several significant strategic dimensions, such as: the activation of a joint Arab defense agreement, the development of a united military strategy regarding the deployment of armed forces and theaters of operation, and a comprehensive review of previous joint Arab defense experiments that have sought to resolve armed conflicts in the region. Other key points of deliberation include: the construction of appropriate mechanisms to ensure the establishment of comprehensive strategic, security and intelligence cooperation to meet the challenges of regional and international threats, ideological and sectarian conflicts, the war on terrorism and internal unrest—a notable concern for several countries across the region.

The proposed join Arab military force can build on the experiences of the Peninsula Shield Forces and Operation Decisive Storm (which later became Operation Restore Hope) currently active in Yemen, in view to forming a strong Arab military alliance, or an “Arab NATO,” and in light of the shifting landscape in the Middle East.

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Wednesday 5 August 2015

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Wednesday 5 August 2015

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