The Middle East conflict system is perhaps the world’s most important and intractable problem area, whose developments carry global consequences. An effective investigation of the context and change in the region calls for a melding of academic approaches, methods and findings with policy oriented needs.
The Israeli Conflict System brings together leading conflict scholars primarily from political science, applying a range of advanced, rigorous analytic and data-gathering techniques to address this single empirical domain—the contemporary Israeli Conflict System. Recognising the causal complexity of this conflict system, the volume’s central theme is that the system’s current conditions are best understood in their broader temporal/historic, cultural/linguistic, and spatial/geographic contexts. Through the lens of economic, geographic, historical, linguistic, and political analyses, and the application of data analysis, experiments, simulations, and models of rational choice, this volume shows how diverse disciplinary perspectives and methodologies can complement each other effectively. In this way, its chapters provide a model for the integration of factors and contexts necessary for understanding contemporary world politics, and a sampling of theories, approaches, and methods that are applicable, useful, or valid under different conditions.
This book offers a cutting-edge resource for scholars and students of Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies and Middle East Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Crossing Disciplinary and Methodological Boundaries in Conflict Systems Analysis Harvey Starr and Stanley Dubinsky I. Events and Networks of Events 2. Event Type, Sub-state Actor and Temporal Dimensions of the Dissent-Repression Relationship: Evidence from the Middle East Philip A. Schrodt and Ömür Yılmaz 3. Turbulence in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict System: Predicting Change G. Dale Thomas 4. Causes and Consequences of Unbalanced Relations in the International Politics of the Middle East, 1946-2010 Zeev Maoz and Belgin San-Akca 5. Trade Networks and Conflict Processes in the Israeli Conflict System Nadia Jilani, Ashley Murph-Schwarzer, Dona Roy, Matthew Shaffer, and Brian Warby 6. Trade in Conflict Zones: The Israeli Conflict System Katherine Barbieri and Adrian R. Lewis II. Contexts: Space, Time, and Identity 7. The Geography of Conflict: Using GIS to Analyze Israel’s External and Internal Conflict Systems Harvey Starr, Roger Liu and G. Dale Thomas 8. Language, Conflict, and Conflicting Languages in Israel/Palestine Stanley Dubinsky and William D. Davies 9. The Role of Holocaust Memory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Andreas Musolff III. Experimental Approaches, Values and Perception 10. An Experimental Procedure Comparing How Students in Middle Eastern and Western Democracies Cope with International Conflicts Ranan D. Kuperman 11. Subjectivity in the Application of the Just War Doctrine to Collateral Damage: An Experimental Test in Israel and the US Nehemia Geva and Belinda Bragg IV. Prediction 12. Predicting Revolution and Regime Instability in the Middle East: The Uncertain Future of Arab-Israeli Relations Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith
Stanley Dubinsky is Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina, with expertise in syntactic and semantics. He has published 2 books, 3 edited volumes, and 55 articles and chapters on various languages, including English, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, and Bantu languages.
Harvey Starr is the Dag Hammarskjöld Professor in International Affairs Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, with expertise in the study of conflict, geopolitics, IR theory. He is the author or co-author of 18 books and monographs, and almost 100 articles and chapters.