Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.
Chapter 45: Israel's Foreign Policy
Israel's Foreign Policy
Introduction: Basic Principles and Early Years
Israel's foreign policy since it gained its independence in 1948 can be understood in the context of its historical, political and geographic circumstances, the regional and the international environment in the first half of the 20th century. Israel's transformation from a relatively weak, semi-agrarian country, into a modern industrial power, economically and militarily capable of resisting attempts by its neighbors to annihilate it, is partly due to effective diplomacy based on certain foreign policy goals that will be described below.
The over-riding focus of Israel has been sheer physical survival, which meant the creation of a national security ...