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While the military's strong fiscal health is a positive sign in the fight against terrorism, it has also contributed to unprecedented public trust in military institutions, reaching 81 percent in 2016 according to the Arab Barometer.By contrast, trust in civilian governments continues to decline from 54 percent in 2010 to 38 percent in 2016 creating a trust gap that threatens the region's delicate civil-military balance.ArabAs regional insecurity has risen in recent years, so has trust in the military.Rising public trust in Arab militaries at the expense of governments could signal a disruptive trend in civil-military relations and portend instability to come.Trust in the Jordanian Armed Forces, already at 90.0 percent in 2010, had risen to 97.7 percent by 2016 .Across the region, the military continues to exert a potent coercive power in domestic politics.However, outcomes were worse still where public trust in the armed forces was low.
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