Essay Questions This is a take-home exam. The answers, therefore, must be typed and doubled spaced. Please provide comprehensive, logical, and coherent answers. State the premise of your arguments clearly and provide the supporting evidence to your analysis from the textbook, outside sources, as well as the lectures. Make sure that you indicate the distinction between the authors arguments and yours and that you provide accurate citations of all quoted material.
1. The authors of several chapters of your textbook have analyzed the nature, scope, and evolution of the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts and ramifications of its wars on world politics by employing several perspectives: Realism (balance of power, security dilemma), Identity (domestic and regional), and Liberal (institutional and ideological). The authors also relied on different levels of analysis to explain the outcome and analyze the ramifications of several episodes (56 and 67 wars; Oslo Accord) in this protracted conflict.
a. In a comparative analysis manner, outline the authors understanding of the origin of the conflict, the underlying, intermediate, and/or immediate causes of its wars, and the success and failure of the attempts to resolve the conflict.
b. Explain the authors logic for choosing their respective perspective and level of analysis, examine the strengths and weaknesses of their respective explanation, analysis, and interpretations, and explain their contributions to your understanding of the Middle Easts international relations and these two specific conflicts.
c. List, explain, and analyze the underlying, intermediate, and immediate causes of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Explain the distinction between the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, examine the ramifications of such distinction on the nature, scope, and outcome of international relations of the Middle East, and outline and explain which international relations perspective/paradigm is the explanatory factor to understanding the conflict.
BOOK: Raymond Hinnebusch and Anoushiravan Ehteshami, eds. The Foreign Policy of Middle East States, 2nd edition (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014)