See this guest post at Duck of Minerva for a very interesting analysis of the civ-mil dynamics of late in the Middle East. I am not the chair of Theo's dissertation committee, so I cannot take much credit. I am on his dissertation committee, so I am looking forward to finding out what he figured out in his work. Anyhow, take a look at his post and then perhaps his CPS piece that is linked in the post.
Oh, and it is fun to see how this generation of students is far better at networking in grad school than I was.