After years of revolutionary upheaval, the Arab world is in a state of flux. The old state system is on the verge of collapse. And an increasing number of non-state groups are using arms to achieve their aims.

Most have different ideologies; and some are being used as proxies by regional governments. But all of the region's armed groups have a common source of strength: their weapons.

Are we witnessing the increasing militarisation of the Middle East and North Africa? And does it show the failure of the political process in the post-revolutionary period?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Oliver Miles - a former British ambassador to Libya. 

Pieter Wezeman - senior researcher of the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme.

Rami Khouri - director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut.

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