Israeli Crisis Management During the 2006 Lebanon Conflict – by Benjamin Rosenbaum

This model captures Israel’s decision making process during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War.  It portrays how the hostilities escalated in an exponential manner: from an aerial campaign, to mobilizing the reserves, to a small deployment of troops into Lebanon, to a full-scale ground invasion.  It should be noted that it was difficult to capture the diplomatic initiatives within the model since they mostly occurred simultaneously to the escalations.

Benjamin Rosenbaum argues that, short of a war, the 2006 conflict in southern Lebanon is best understood through the image of a crisis: an event which breaks out suddenly, presents threats to the status quo, and demands quick decisions under stress. He analyzes the management of the crisis from the perspective of the Israeli government, […]

Gaza on Their Minds: The Effect of “Operation Cast Lead” in Mobilizing Palestinian Action – By Julia Fitzpatrick

This paper seeks to address the following questions: to what extent does the political, economic and social isolation of the Gaza Strip affect its place in a larger Palestinian national consciousness, especially among Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank who are the physically closest Palestinians to their Gazan kin? Do Palestinians in Israel and […]