Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security

Edited by
Aharon Klieman
Stuart A. Cohen
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The Routledge Handbook on Israeli Security provides an authoritative survey of both the historical roots of Israel’s national security concerns and their principal contemporary expressions. Following an introduction setting out its central themes, the Handbook comprises 27 independent chapters, all written by experts in their fields, several of whom possess first-hand diplomatic and/or military experience at senior levels. An especially noteworthy feature of this volume is the space allotted to analyses of the impact of security challenges not just on Israel’s diplomatic and military postures (nuclear as well as conventional) but also on its cultural life and societal behavior.

Specifically, it aims to fulfill three principal needs.

  • The first is to illustrate the dynamic nature of Israel's security concerns and the ways in which they have evolved in response to changes in the country's diplomatic and geo-strategic environment, changes that have been further fueled by technological, economic and demographic transformations;
  • Second, the book aims to examine how the evolving character of Israel's security challenges has generated multiple – and sometimes conflicting – interpretations of the very concept of "security", resulting in a series of dialogues both within Israeli society and between Israelis and their friends and allies abroad;
  • Finally, it also discusses how areas of private and public life elsewhere considered inherently "civilian" and unrelated to security, such as artistic and cultural institutions, nevertheless do mirror the broader legal, economic and cultural consequences of this Israeli preoccupation with national security.

This comprehensive and up-to-date collection of studies provides an authoritative and interdisciplinary guide to both the dynamism of Israel’s security dilemmas and to their multiple impacts on Israeli society. In addition to its insights and appeal for all people and countries forced to address the security issue in today’s world, this Handbook is a valuable resource for upper-level undergraduates and researchers with an interest in the Middle East and Israeli politics, international relations and security studies.

About the Editors

Stuart A. Cohen is a graduate of Oxford University and Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His current research focuses on military–societal relations in Israel. His most recent book is Divine Service? Judaism and Israel's Armed Forces (2016).

Aharon Klieman is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a member of Tel-Aviv University’s Department of Political Science since 1969 and is currently Professor Emeritus. He is the editor of Great Powers and Geopolitics: International Affairs in a Rebalancing World (2015).