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Israel’s Long War: From Arabs to Palestinians to the Islamic Republic of Iran

Through guest lectures and student-led discussions, the course will explore the evolution of one of the world’s most intractable and hotly-debated geopolitical conflicts. Through monographs, memoirs, documents, texts, interviews, other primary sources, and secondary readings, students will learn the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict through the lens of Israel and its enemies, as well as great power actors.  We shall look at the conflict’s emergence to 1949; the wars of 1956, 1967, and 1973; the peace with Egypt; the Lebanon war; the first and second intifadas; the Oslo process; peace with Jordan; the Palestinian Civil War; the Israeli right; the Arab Spring; wars with Hezbollah; wars with Hamas; and the recent asymmetric war to contain Iran’s hegemonic ambitions.

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  • Fall