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Palestinian and Israeli Security Dilemmas

Course number: U4690

Competing Palestinian and Israeli national aspirations have generated security dilemmas for each, with broad regional reverberations. The partition formula which failed to heal the conflicts of the Palestine mandate era still dominates the discourse on conflict resolution, but domestic and regional opponents stymie its implementation. This course examines the evolution of Palestinian resistance, Israeli foreign policy debates, Egypt's early leadership in war and peacemaking, Iran's rising influence, and the credibility of mediatory efforts by the US and other third parties. We will consider whether the international community can help remedy the absence of human security in the West Bank and Gaza and ongoing Israeli security dilemmas by facilitating realization of a two-state solution.