Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.

The Cyclical Arab-Israeli Conflict

The cyclical Arab-Israeli conflict

This chapter considers the phenomenon of enduring and cyclical conflict that involves two or more parties engaging in multiple episodes of violence interspersed with repeated periods of rest but never accomplishing a permanent state of reconciliation. Negative peace—the lack of actual war or violence—is temporary if prolonged, but positive peace is absent and elusive. What happens to conflict and cooperation in an enduring rivalry in which states make war, stop fighting but do not make peace, then make war again? When do states decide to end this cycle and why? In this chapter we explore these questions in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The pathway of conflict and cooperation between Israel and its Arab neighbors began before there ...

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