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After the War in Iraq

Defining the New Strategic Balance

Shai Feldman was appointed Head of the Jaffee Center in 1997, prior to which he was a Senior Research Associate since the Center's establishment. He is a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), and other organizations. Dr. Feldman has written extensively on nuclear weapons proliferation and arms control in the Middle East, US policy in the region, American-Israeli relations, and the Middle East peace process.

Is United States unilateralism successful foreign policy? Has the 2003 Iraq War contributed to the war on terror? What will arms control look in the emerging strategic environment? Can states be democratized if their regimes are deposed from the outside? Does the war mark a new stage in the development of “Revolution in Military Affairs” (RMA) based warfare? Have Israel’s security threats changed in the aftermath of the war? Does the new regional balance created by the war mandate a change in Israel’s home front defense policy? How did the Pentagon’s media policy reflect the strong significance attributed to military–media relations?

After the War in Iraq: Defining the New Strategic Balance addresses these questions and many others. Focusing on the different dimensions to the war in Iraq launched in March 2003 by the United States, the essays present concise and penetrating analyses, and explore the major implications of the war and their strategic, political, and military contexts.

Researchers from the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University have brought their expertise in international relations, political science, strategic studies, political psychology, and more to create a thoughtful, comprehensive analysis. Their vast experience in the military, government, and academic world has added to the insightful picture presented in this rich collection of timely and provocative essays.

The book contains a chronology surveying the International Inspection Regime in Iraq, 1991–2003 and the full text of The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, which should be regarded as the basis of the Bush administration’s strategic rationale for the war in Iraq.

Published in association with the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-903900-74-1
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $64.95
Release Date: September 2003
Paperback ISBN: <978-1-903900-75-8>
Paperback Price: £16.95 / £29.95
Release Date: September 2003
Page Extent / Format: 224 pp. / 246 x 171 mm
Illustrated: No


Preface and Acknowledgments

Shai Feldman

Part I The International Dimensions

1 The International System After the War in Iraq
Mark A. Heller

2 The Foreign and Defense Policy of the Bush Administration
Abraham Ben-Zvi

3 Deterrence, Prevention, and Other Strategies
Yair Evron

4 The US Approach to Arms Control
Emily B. Landau

5 The War in Iraq and International Terrorism
Yoram Schweitzer

6 The Revolution in Military Affairs and the Operation in Iraq
Isaac Ben-Israel

7 The Victory in Iraq and the Global Oil Economy
Shmuel Even

8 Military–Media Relations: Embedding as a Case Study
Hirsh Goodman and Jonathan Cummings

Part II The Middle East Dimensions
9 The War in Iraq: Regional Implications
Ephraim Kam

10 Israeli–Palestinian Peacemaking After the War
Shai Feldman

The Case of Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction
Ephraim Asculai

12 The Post-War Strategic Balance in the Middle East
Shlomo Brom

13 The Israeli Public and the War
Anat Kurz and Tamar Malz

14 Israel's Home Front Defense Policy
David Klein

Chronology of the International Inspection Regime in Iraq, 1991–2003
Ram Erez and Tamar Malz

The National Security Strategy of the United States of America


A timely collection of essays generated by a series of brainstorming sessions at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies on the implications of the war in Iraq as seen from various disciplinary angles. The collection is divided into two parts, the first deals with the international context, the second, the impact on the region, especially Israel.
The International Spectator

Included here are essays on regional implications of the war; the extent to which the war has affected the Israeli–Palestinian peace; weapons of mass destruction; how the war has affected the strategic balance in the region; and finally Israel’s home front defense policy and implications for the future. An excellent book … Highly recommended.

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