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Middle Eastern Military Studies


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Routledge Middle Eastern Military Studies series comprises books relating to the armed forces and military issues in the Middle East. These books will fall into three general categories: studies of the armed forces of specific countries; books on military-related social and political issues; and case studies of wars and battles.

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Israel and Hizbollah: An Asymmetric Conflict in Historical and Comparative Perspective

Israel and Hizbollah: An Asymmetric Conflict in Historical and Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Clive Jones, Sergio Catignani
April 16, 2012

This book examines the local and international dynamics and strategies that have come to define the often violent relationship between Israel and Lebanon. Since the end of the Cold War, academic debate over the nature of war in the contemporary world has focused upon the asymmetric nature of...

The Palestinian Military: Between Militias and Armies

The Palestinian Military: Between Militias and Armies

1st Edition

Hillel Frisch
September 30, 2010

This book analyzes Palestinian attempts to create an organized military force from the period of the Mandate up to the present day. Beginning with a comparative overview of the relationship between insurgent movements and the quest to build up a standard military, the book looks, first, at how the...

Conflict and Insurgency in the Contemporary Middle East

Conflict and Insurgency in the Contemporary Middle East

1st Edition

Barry Rubin
February 28, 2010

Political violence and instability in the Middle East is arguably the world's most important political issue. The region is certainly the globe's leading area for turmoil, war, and violence; and its conflicts have continuously involved Western countries both directly and indirectly. This book...

Israeli Counter-Insurgency and the Intifadas: Dilemmas of a Conventional Army

Israeli Counter-Insurgency and the Intifadas: Dilemmas of a Conventional Army

1st Edition

Sergio Catignani
November 27, 2009

This volume analyzes the conduct of the Israel Defence Forces’ (IDF) counter-insurgency operations during the two major Palestinian uprisings (1987-1993 and 2000-2005) in the Territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It employs primary and secondary resources to produce a comprehensive analysis...

Israel and its Army: From Cohesion to Confusion

Israel and its Army: From Cohesion to Confusion

1st Edition

Stuart A. Cohen
November 20, 2009

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) plays a key role in Israeli society, and has traditionally been perceived not only as the guardian of national survival, but also as a 'people's army' responsible for the custody of national values. This volume analyses the circumstances currently undermining these...

Israel's Wars of Attrition: Attrition Challenges to Democratic States

Israel's Wars of Attrition: Attrition Challenges to Democratic States

1st Edition

Avi Kober
August 03, 2009

This book analyzes the way Israel has coped with nine wars of attrition from the 1950s to the recent Second Lebanon War (2006), questioning the belief that Western democracy cannot sustain prolonged wars of attrition. Challenging Israel with attrition has been compatible with the 'Arab way of war',...

The Israeli Military and the Origins of the 1967 War: Government, Armed Forces and Defence Policy 1963–67

The Israeli Military and the Origins of the 1967 War: Government, Armed Forces and Defence Policy 1963–67

1st Edition

Ami Gluska
January 30, 2009

This new book looks at the relationship between the Israeli armed forces, the government, and the origins of the 1967 War. Ami Gluska discusses the effect of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Israel’s defense policy between 1963-1967 against the backdrop of the developments in the...

Iraq's Armed Forces: An Analytical History

Iraq's Armed Forces: An Analytical History

1st Edition

Ibrahim Al-Marashi, Sammy Salama
April 03, 2008

This book provides the first comprehensive study of the evolution of the Iraqi military from the British mandate era to post-Baathist Iraq. Ethnic and sectarian turmoil is endemic to Iraq, and its armed forces have been intertwined with its political affairs since their creation. This study...

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