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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
Debates over Partition


E-Seminar 2
Competing National Movements


Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism
A Series of Two
E-Seminars


E-Seminar 4
The Israeli Foreign Policy Debate


 
Israeli and Palestinian Nationalism
E-Seminar 3, Wars: Strategies and Outcomes
Taught by: Naomi Weinberger

Description
E-Seminar Description
In this e-seminar, the third in a series of eight, Professor Naomi Weinberger looks at the Arab-Israeli interstate wars of 1967, 1969–70, and 1973. After examining why 1967 in particular was a watershed in the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians as well as a major turning point for Israel's national image, Professor Weinberger looks at the forgotten war, the War of Attrition of 1969–70, and shows how it helped Egypt prepare for the 1973 war.

Throughout this e-seminar series, Professor Weinberger examines the sources of conflict—nationalist, ideological, ethnic, sectarian, economic, territorial—that have arisen on the interstate level and as precipitants of intervention in civil strife. The emphasis is on the attitudes of regional actors, but the role of outsiders, either in exacerbating regional hostilities or in serving as peacemakers or peacekeepers, is also considered.

Supplementary materials provided in the seminar series include entries from the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East (1996), timelines, short sketches of key figures, and period photography and documents.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Trace the transformation of Israel's image from that of a victim to that of an oppressor.

•   Gain an appreciation for why nuclear war in the Middle East is a possibility.

•   Provide an overview of the main events in the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967, 1969–70, and 1973.

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Outline
1.   One War or Two?
2.   Turning Point
3.   1967 War and Palestine
4.   Missteps to War
5.   Israel's Military Doctrine
6.   War Begins
7.   War of Attrition: 1969–1970
8.   1973 War
9.   Understanding Sadat
10. Superpowers
11. Israeli Nuclear Capability

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Professor Naomi Weinberger teaches courses on the contemporary Middle East as an adjunct member of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. She is also Associate Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her publications include Syrian Intervention in Lebanon: The 1975–76 Civil War, and numerous articles on peace operations and conflict resolution in the Middle East. In 1992–94, she participated in an international panel of consultants assembled by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences to facilitate Israeli-Palestinian security negotiations; the panel released a report entitled "Israeli-Palestinian Security: Issues in the Permanent Status Negotiations."

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Recommended Reading
Kumaraswamy, P. R. Revisiting the Yom Kippur War. London: Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass, 2000.

Oren, Michael. Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Parker, Richard B. The October War: A Retrospective. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001.

Quandt, William B. Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967. Rev. ed. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press; Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. New York: Norton, 2000.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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