Civil-Military Relations in Israel

Civil-Military Relations in Israel : Essays in Honor of Stuart A. Cohen

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This book, a collection of essays in honor of Stuart Cohen, examines a variety of issues in civil-military relations (CMR) in Israel and abroad. Beyond honoring Cohen's work, this collection makes a substantial contribution to the field for a number of reasons. First, it brings together prominent scholars from different disciplines in the field, from both Israel and abroad, sketching its boundaries. The chapters in the collection deal with a variety of issues, theoretical and empirical, including topics that are usually neglected in English works, such as the control the military in Israel has on building construction permits in the civilian sector and the relations between the security establishment and the judicial system. Other chapters offer new theoretical perspectives such as the context within which Israeli CMR should be examined, and a more general look at the focus of CMR. Second, it gives non-Hebrew speaking scholars and laypersons alike a better idea of what the main issues in the field of civil-military relations in Israel are today. This book will allow university professors and laypersons to access quality scholarship while still offering a broad spectrum of more

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  • Hardback | 282 pages
  • 158.75 x 234.95 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1 tables
  • 073919416X
  • 9780739194164
  • 1,116,933

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This edited volume on significant security issues is in honor of the well-known and honored scholar Stuart Cohen, who has retired from Bar-Ilan University. This is a valuable and interesting volume. Talented and knowledgeable Israeli and foreign academics have contributed to this volume essays dealing with relevant issues in this field. The volume will be of real interest to politicians, security officials, and military persons, as well as to academic scholars and students. It is highly recommended. -- Gabriel Sheffer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem In this excellent Festschrift in honor of Stuart A. Cohen, leading scholars of civil-military relations in Israel explore central problems in the political and social relations between the armed forces and society, especially the question of militarism-the extent to which Israel can be understood as an 'army that has a state' or whether civilian authority is in robust good health. The book shows that Israel can and should be located in a comparative framework from which those interested in cases other than Israel can benefit. More importantly, it shows that, in the political and sociological study of civil-military relations generally, Israeli scholars continue to contribute in a seminal fashion to the conceptual, theoretical, and empirical concerns of this field. Thus, Stuart Cohen's influential work continues through the studies of a new generation of scholars. -- Christopher Dandeker, King's College Londonshow more

About Elisheva Rosman-Stollman

Elisheva Rosman-Stollman is assistant professor at the Department of Political Studies, Bar Ilan University. Aharon Kampinsky is head of the Department of Citizenship Studies at the Efrata Academic College and teaches at Ashkelon Academic College and Bar Ilan more

Table of contents

Introduction Elisheva Rosman and Roni (Aharon) Kampinsky Chapter 1: Armed Forces and the Polity through the Prism of Power Ronald Krebs Chapter 2: Civil-Security Relations in Israel: Looking Through the Mirror Oren Barak Chapter 3: Who Controls the IDF? Between an "Over-Subordinate Army" and "a Military that has a State" Yagil Levy Chapter 4: The IDF Moving Towards a Professional Force: Hybrid Wars, Logics-of-Action, and an Incremental Military Eyal Ben-Ari, Yehudit Sher, and Arial Vainer Chapter 5: Constructing the Ideal Officer: Israeli Society and the IDF Officer School Tamir Libel Chapter 6: The Nature and Course of the Dialogue between the Civilian Sector and the Defense Establishment in Israel Regarding the Planning and Building of Military Installations and Bases Eliav Taub and Amiram Oren Chapter 7: Women Singing, Cadets Leaving: The Extreme Case Syndrome in Religion-Army Relationships Asher Cohen and Bernard Susser Chapter 8: Gender separation or Women's exclusion: The Military as a Case Study Orna Sasson-Levy Chapter 9: Guardians and Guards: The Israeli Supreme Court's Political Role in Matters of National Security Amichai Cohen Chapter 10: Intentional Ambiguity: Why Do Crises in Relationships between the Defense Minister and the Chief of Staff Reoccur Repeatedly? Yoram Peri Chapter 11: Swords, Scrolls, and Civilization of the Military: Stuart Cohen and His Work in Context Roni (Aharon) Kampinsky and Elisheva Rosman-Stollman Conclusion: Civil-Military Relations in Israel: Who Influences Whom? Reuven Galshow more