The Middle East conflict system is perhaps the world’s most important and intractable problem area, whose developments carry global consequences. An effective investigation of the context and change in the region calls for a melding of academic approaches, methods and findings with policy oriented needs.

The Israeli Conflict System brings together leading conflict scholars primarily from political science, applying a range of advanced, rigorous analytic and data-gathering techniques to address this single empirical domain—the contemporary Israeli Conflict System. Recognising the causal complexity of this conflict system, the volume’s central theme is that the system’s current conditions are best understood in their broader temporal/historic, cultural/linguistic, and spatial/geographic contexts. Through the lens of economic, geographic, historical, linguistic, and political analyses, and the application of data analysis, experiments, simulations, and models of rational choice, this volume shows how diverse disciplinary perspectives and methodologies can complement each other effectively. In this way, its chapters provide a model for the integration of factors and contexts necessary for understanding contemporary world politics, and a sampling of theories, approaches, and methods that are applicable, useful, or valid under different conditions.

This book offers a cutting-edge resource for scholars and students of Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies and Middle East Studies.

chapter |6 pages


Crossing disciplinary and methodological boundaries in conflict systems analysis
ByHarvey Starr, Stanley Dubinsky

part |116 pages

Events and networks of events

chapter |23 pages

Event type, sub-state actor, and temporal dimensions of the dissent–repression relationship

Evidence from the Middle East *
ByPhilip A. Schrodt, Ömür Yılmaz

chapter |19 pages

Turbulence in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict system

Predicting change
ByG. Dale Thomas

chapter |20 pages

Trade networks and conflict processes in the Israeli Conflict System

ByNadia Jilani-Hyler, Ashley Murph-Schwarzer, Dona Roy, Matthew Shaffer, Brian Warby

chapter |18 pages

Trade in conflict zones

The Israeli Conflict System 1
ByKatherine Barbieri, Adrian R. Lewis

part |60 pages


chapter |26 pages

The geography of conflict

Using GIS to analyze Israel's external and internal conflict systems
ByHarvey Starr, Roger Chi-Feng Liu, G. Dale Thomas

chapter |17 pages

Language, conflict, and conflicting languages in Israel/Palestine

ByStanley Dubinsky, William D. Davies

part |42 pages

Experimental approaches, values, and perception

chapter |18 pages

Subjectivity in the application of the just war doctrine to collateral damage

An experimental test in Israel and the United States
ByNehemia Geva, Belinda Bragg

part |20 pages


chapter |18 pages

Predicting revolution and regime instability in the Middle East

The uncertain future of Arab–Israeli relations
ByBruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith