Palmetto Forum Luncheon: Israel and its Neighbors
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:30pm
Israel and its neighbors
Events unfolding in the Middle East since the misnamed “Arab Spring” in 2010 frequently reference Israel as a main protagonist. However, salient developments in the last 2-3 years highlight the fact that the historic conflict between Israel and its neighbors is not a simple two-party conflict, as many have long (and wrongly) understood it to be. Rather, the so-called Israel-Arab conflict involves many kinds of less obvious divisions, all of which influence the struggle in different ways. These divisions (sectarian, ethno-linguistic, economic, geo-political and others) engender a highly articulated conflict situation, one which can only be understood through an awareness of its complexity.
Stanley Dubinsky is Professor of Linguistics at the University of South Carolina, with expertise in syntax and semantics. He has published 2 books, 3 edited volumes, and 55 articles and chapters on various languages, including English, Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, and Bantu languages.
Harvey Starr is the Dag Hammarskjöld Professor in International Affairs Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, with expertise in the study of conflict, geopolitics, IR theory. He is the author or co-author of 18 books and monographs, and almost 100 articles and chapters.
Their just published book, The Israeli Conflict System (Routledge 2015), 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.
February Palmetto Forum: Israel and Its Neighbors