10314 Selected Topics in Israeli Foreign Policy 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in International Relations

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Introduction to International Relations, Democracies and Dictatorships: Comparative Politics,2 Government and Politics in Israel. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.

The course is based on three volumes (in Hebrew and English) of the reader, Israeli Foreign Policy between Confrontation and Agreements 1948-2008, edited by Benyamin Neuberger and Arie Geronik.

The course analyzes Israelís foreign policy in three areas:

The internal dimension of Israelís foreign policy Ė Decision-making processes in times of crisis and war; Israelís security doctrine; public opinion and its influence on the shaping of foreign policy; The Israeli-Arab conflict Ė Factors and stages of development, attempts and approaches toward solutions; perceptions and attitudes in Israel towards the conflict; specific events in the course of the conflict; Israel in the international arena Ė Reciprocal relations between Israel and the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, China, Western Europe, Latin America and Africa.

The course requires students to integrate theories and approaches taught in Introduction to International Relations (10205) and historical-factual source material pertaining to Israelís foreign policy.


1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.

2or Democracies and Dictatorships: Ideas, Contexts, Regimes (10660, 3 cr.) which is no longer offered.