Israeli security and foreign policy vis-a-vis non-state actors. (c2009)

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dc.contributor.author Mikaelian, Shoghig
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-30T11:30:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-30T11:30:39Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2011-09-30
dc.date.submitted 2009-06-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/674
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 266-292). en_US
dc.description.abstract The global geopolitical implications of the 11 September 2001 attacks highlight the need to reassess theories and concepts of security, as well as processes of foreign policymaking. This thesis examines traditional paradigms of International Relations, suggesting an alternative conceptual framework that views non-state actors as actors in their own right. It suggests that the variables shaping a state's foreign policy towards non-state actors are similar to those shaping its foreign policy towards state actors, notwithstanding the fundamental disparity in power relations between the two types of actors. It then studies the security doctrine and foreign policy behavior of one state: Israel. Having faced the challenge of non-state actors for much of its existence, Israel is an ideal case to examine. The thesis thus investigates Israeli attitudes and policies vis-a.-vis three non-state actors: the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), and the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon (Hezbollah). It concludes that while Israel has portrayed all the actors that have challenged its interests and security as "terrorists", its attitudes and policies towards these three non-state actors are far from uniform. Furthermore, although Israel has presented its policies towards non-state actors as a function of its quest for security, some of these policies are rooted in political considerations rather than classic security interests. This is not to suggest that security and strategic considerations do not playa role; however, these considerations have often been exaggerated and utilized as a means to the attainment of political ends. Finally, this thesis contends that rather than serving its security interests, Israel's actions have been counterproductive, undermining instead of promoting the security of the state and that of its citizens. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Israel -- Foreign relations en_US
dc.subject Israel -- Defenses en_US
dc.subject Palestine Liberation Organization en_US
dc.subject Hizballah (Lebanon) en_US
dc.subject Islamic Resistance Movement en_US
dc.title Israeli security and foreign policy vis-a-vis non-state actors. (c2009) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Spring en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200502154 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Sami E. Baroudi
dc.author.commembers Dr. Jennifer Skulte-Ouaiss
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 bound copy: x, 299 leaves; ill.; 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Bassel F. Salloukh
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2009.26 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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