Fall and Spring Semester
Course Number:702.2120
Yisrael Ne'eman
3 Credits

This course presents an historical perspective on current issues in Israeli society. Emphasis is given to the historical development of ideological, religious and political dimensions of modern Zionism, and to Israeli social institutions, economic systems, political parties, nationalistic movements and security issues.

Discipline:  POL, HIST

Course Syllabus Spring 2014

Fall Semester
Course Number:702.2126
Dr. Ronen Zeidel
3 Credits

The study of the conflict through its documentary history provides a clear chronological and textual foundation for examining its origins, evolution, and ramifications, with an eye to various proposals for conflict-resolution. The resolution of the conflict should begin with a probing diagnosis of the longevity and intensity of the subject, prior to proposing the requisite remedy or treatment for the problem. This is to proceed logically and rationally as befits a scientific enterprise. The tragedy of the conflict is a subject for historical introspection or humanitarian empathy. It can be a catalyst for efforts to solve the conflict. The focus of the conflict as reflected in our course of study is the local-territorial dimension within Eretz-Israel, called Palestine throughout the centuries. We shall however take account of broader regional aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict – thus the course title.

Discipline: POL, HIST

Course Syllabus

Spring Semester
Course Number:702.2126
Dr. Zach Levey
3 Credits

This course deals with the conflict in both historical and contemporary terms. The first part of the course deals with the growing clash between the Zionist Yishuv and Arabs of Palestine, examining its transformation into long-term confrontation between Israel and the Arab states. We will begin by examining the roots of Arab and Jewish nationalism, rival claims to Palestine, and the rise of conflict during the British Mandate period.
The second and main part of this course covers the years 1947-1987, analyzing the causes and effects of six wars between Israel and the Arab states; 1948, 1956, 1967, 1969-70, 1973, and 1982. Emphasis is on regional and global factors, such as inter-Arab rivalry and the Cold War, but includes an examination of the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement in 1979.     
The third part begins with the Palestinian intifada of 1987-1993 and 1993 Oslo Accords. The course concludes with an examination of the conflict since the mid-1990s; topics included in the last meetings are Hizballah and the 2006 war and the rise of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Discipline: POL, HIST

Course Syllabus



Spring Semester
Course Number:702.2180
Dr. Emily Landau
3 Credits

This course will focus on the notion of nuclear arms control, as understood from the perspective of international relations studies. The course will highlight the strategic dilemmas that states face when they attempt to negotiate arms control agreements in the non-conventional realm, and the strategic significance of the agreements themselves. The issues that will be examined include the history of attempts to negotiate arms control agreements, including the experience in the Middle East in the early 1990s; the goals that states aspire to in their efforts to conclude arms control agreements; the different international contexts for negotiating arms control (UN, regional frameworks, bilateral dialogues) and the role of strong powers; and the norms that are reflected in and reinforced by agreements that have been reached. 

Conceptually, controlling the negative effects of nuclear weapons will be examined and discussed in light of the two major traditions that developed over the course of the second half of the 20th Century: disarmament (with its focus on weapons), and "stabilization of relations" (with its focus on states).  Empirically, beyond the historical cases, strong emphasis will be on the two major proliferation challenges of the post-Cold War period - Iran and North Korea - from the perspective of the arms control dilemmas that they have raised, and the new strategies that are being tested. 
Discipline: POL

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