INAF-391 U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 2000 to Today
Spring for 2017-2018
This seminar will examine U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Bush and Obama Administrations. We will quickly review the negotiations before the Clinton years and then examine why Clinton’s efforts failed. We will then turn to Bush policy before 9/11, and how that event changed his views and policies. Considerable time will be spent examining the policy moves that followed: endorsement of Palestinian statehood, the Quartet, the Roadmap, support for Gaza Disengagement, and the Annapolis conference. We will then turn to the first term of the Obama Administration, including the tension in U.S.-Israel relations and the contrast between Bush and Obama approaches. We will discuss “Fayyadism” and the debate over constructing a Palestinian state; continuing efforts to promote negotiations; the rivalry between Hamas and Fatah; the effects of the Arab Spring and the conflict in November 2012. We will also review how U.S. policy is formulated as a reflection of both bureaucratic power struggles and American domestic politics.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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