|Hist of Peace-Making:Mid East - 38156 - INAF 321 - 01|
This course will deal with the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the efforts to resolve it. One basic point to understand about the conflict is that it is not a morality play. One side is not all right and the other all wrong. That is not to say that they are equally responsible for what has happened, but it is to say that both have suffered and both would benefit enormously from ending the conflict and its animating grievances. We will explore why each side tends to see the world the way it does, and why mythologies have taken hold of all sides and made reality hard to grasp. We will examine narratives of the Israelis, the Palestinians, and the Arabs more generally. Mindsets must be understood in any negotiation, and we will look at what shaped each side’s approach to the conflict historically as well as its approach to conflict resolution over the periods of the most intensive diplomacy. We will analyze how close the efforts in the year 2000 came to ending the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and Israelis and Syrians, and will discuss the lessons from the past. But we will also explore what has emerged more recently and explain what produced the Abraham Accords and peace agreements with four different Arab countries and Israel. Understanding the normalization process and how to build on it is essential not only for grasping the new realities in the region but also for promoting peace. Ultimately, the purpose of the course is to provide insight into why it has been so difficult to settle this conflict, and what can be done to settle it in the future. Course also listed as JCIV 321.
Associated Term: Fall 2021
Registration Dates: Apr 05, 2021 to Sep 03, 2021
Attributes: Core: Diversity/Global, SFS/CULP Social Science, SFS/IHIS Core, SFS/IPOL International Law, SFS/IPOL Security Studies, SFS/IPOL Foreign Policy, SFS/RCST Middle East, College/SFS/REWA Area 2, X-List: GOVT
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