Regional Security Regimes

Israel and Its Neighbors

Edited by Efraim Inbar

Subjects: International Relations
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791423240, 313 pages, March 1995
Hardcover : 9780791423233, 313 pages, March 1995

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Table of contents


Part 1. Conceptual and Historical Background

1. Are Security Regimes Possible? Historical Cases and Modern Issues
Charles Lipson

2. Security Regimes: Mediating Between War and Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov

Part 2. The External Actors

3. The American Role in a Regional Security Regime
Robert J. Lieber

4. The United Nations and Security Regimes: The Unfulfilled Vision
Avi Becker

Part 3. Regional Interactions

5. The Damascus Declaration: An Arab Attempt At Regional Security
Bruce Maddy-Weitzman and Joseph Kostiner

6. The Israel-Jordan Tacit Security Regime
Aharon Klieman

7. Syria and Israel: Toward a Change?
Eyal Zisser

8. Arms Control in the Middle East: Global Regimes vs. Regional Dynamics
Gerald M. Steinberg

Part 4. Nonmilitary Aspects

9. An Observation on Arab Culture and Deterrence: Metaphors and Misgivings
Adam Garfinkle

10. The Politics of Water in the Middle East: The Current Situation, Imaginary and Practical Solutions
Amikam Nachmani

11. From Boycott to Limited Scientific and Technological Cooperation
Gil Feiler

Part 5. From Deterrence to Security Regime

12. The Arab-Israeli Relationship: From Deterrence to Security Regime
Efraim Inbar and Shmuel Sandler



This book shows that as Israel is gradually being accepted by the Arab world, pure security considerations are becoming more important in the Arab-Israeli relationship, and "security regimes" between Israel and neighboring countries can foster moderation and cooperation.


This volume of original articles explores political and military arrangements that could lead to a more peaceful relationship between Israel and its neighbors. It advocates the establishment of a security regime in the Arab-Israeli region that would foster moderation and cooperation and reduce the chances of interstate violence, and it investigates ways to bring about such a regime.

The authors demonstrate that various peacekeeping arrangements that have been somewhat successful during the Arab-Israeli conflict could provide bases on which to build effective security regimes. In addition, they address American and UN roles, arms control, the impact of water issues, and the effect of Arab culture. Contributors to the volume include Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov, Gil Feiler, Adam Garfinkle, Aharon Klieman, Robert J. Lieber, Charles Lipson, Amikam Nachmani, Shmuel Sandler, and Gerald Steinberg.

Efraim Inbar is Director of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies and Professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He is the author of Outcast Countries in the World Community and War and Peace in Israeli Politics: Labor Party Positions on National Security.


"Regional Security Regimes outlines Israel's current security problems clearly and cogently, and the book can be used in classes in Middle East politics and Israeli politics. Indeed, I would adopt it for my own course in Middle East politics. " — Robert O. Freedman, Baltimore Hebrew University

"The topic of this book is significant and timely, both academically and politically. The work should be useful in advanced international relations courses or courses in Middle Eastern politics. " — Allan Krass, Hampshire College