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A Qatar armed forces sergeant evacuates a casualty of a simulated ballistic missile attack during an exercise scenario in Doha, Qatar, April 2013. Courtesy of US Air Force/Kenny Holston

Why Have Three Gulf States Introduced the Draft? Bucking the Trend on Conscription in Arabia

Zoltan Barany
RUSI Journal, 17 January 2018
The Gulf Region, Military Personnel, Middle East and North Africa
Politics, economics and security help to explain why some Gulf countries have adopted conscription.

Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar have introduced conscription for their armed forces. Zoltan Barany examines the factors that have influenced this decision. He shows that the policy is designed to support the emerging security needs of these states while at thesame time helping to strengthen the link between state and citizen.

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