The course examines the factors and processes that shaped Israel’s security and foreign relations in the Middle East and the international arena. The course offers a view of both domestic and international variables at play. The course begins with a brief introduction to the ideational and political realities that explain Israel’s institutional make-up, and strategic preferences. It then investigates the relevance of the Israeli case for a broader set of debates in international relations. Most of the course is devoted to a detailed analysis of a number of core issues: Israel’s conflict (and in some cases, cooperation) with its immediate environment, The Arab-Israeli conflict and its partial resolution, Israel’s conflict with Iran, the Israeli-American alliance, as well as Israel’s relations with the EU and China. The course will also address the institutional setting for security and foreign policy decision-making. The course takes a social science perspective, but also include thematic-historical analysis including the use of primary sources.
Instructor: Visiting Professor Ehud Eiran