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|JCIV 245 - The Arab Spring and Israel|
The so-called “Arab Spring” has been characterized – among other things - by popular protests for regime change and reform, protracted civil wars, humanitarian catastrophes, the proliferation of failed states as well as state and nonstate actors engaged in terrorist, proxy, and low-level conventional conflicts. How does the Arab Spring affect Israel? How does Israel respond to a transforming regional order? What is Israel’s policy in light of the disintegrating Arab nation-states and Iranian regional ambitions? What are the implications of the regional turmoil on Israel’s relations with Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians? What are the ramifications of the Arab Spring on Israel-United States relations? And, just as important, what are some of the opportunities for Israel amid a transforming Middle East? The purpose of this course is to analyze and understand the political, diplomatic, and strategic effects of upheavals in the Middle East on the State of Israel. To augment the students’ understanding of Israel in the context of the broader Middle East, academic readings and lectures will be supplemented with policy papers, grass-roots level examples, media, comparative analyses, and guest speakers. At the start of the course, readings and class discussions will enable students to gain a basic understanding of Israel’s national security and foreign policy doctrines, including an analysis of some of the main processes which explain the recent changes in the Middle East. The bulk of the semester, however, will be devoted to exploring specific key ramifications of the Arab Spring on Israel’s national security; foreign policy; domestic politics; relations with other regional actors, the United States and Russia; as well as Israel’s strategy towards nonstate actors such as Hamas and Hezbollah. The course will explore themes and tensions that repeatedly confront Israel in the Middle East. Course listed as both JCIV and INAF 245.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture
Jewish Civilization Department
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