Israeli foreign policy towards syrian uprising: a defensive realist perspective

Eskiduman, Özgecan
In this study, Israeli foreign policy response towards Syrian Uprising is examined within the context of defensive realist approach. This study aims to underline the changing context of defensive realist foreign policy, although the nature remained as defensive since the old experiences of both Lebanon interventions prevent Israel to adopt revisionist foreign policy. In this sense, although Israel adopted revisionist policies towards the region from time to time, they could not adopt this type of foreign policy towards Syria since the existed balance of power and lessons of Lebanon prevented them to adopt so. In order to reveal continuities and changes, Israeli responses are examined under three periods. As a result, since passive standing in first period and more active diplomatic interments in second period remained inadequate to secure Israeli interest; Israel started to adopt active defensive realist foreign policy. Although the operational environment is offensive; the posture is defensive as it constitutes the main ground of Israeli response towards Syrian Uprising.
Citation Formats
Ö. Eskiduman, “Israeli foreign policy towards syrian uprising: a defensive realist perspective,” Thesis (M.S.) -- Graduate School of Social Sciences. Middle East Studies., Middle East Technical University, 2019.