Israel's Defence Policy: The Limits of Military Power (2021)

The content of the course will focus on Israel's National Security Policy in its broadest sense. In the first part of the course, we will review Israel's ongoing and unique geostrategic predicament, together with the effect of that predicament on Israel's notions of national security. In the second part, we will focus on the strategies and options which Israel has chosen to either solve its
predicament without directly settling the conflict (strategic alliances, conventional armament, and implicit nuclear deterrence) or mitigate it (i.e., limited security regimes, confidence and
security-building measures, arms control). The final subject to be discussed is the appropriateness of Israel's security paradigm to a nuclear Middle East, the feasibility of
replicating the Cold War balance of terror in the region, and whether such an attempt would embody a hazard or solution. The appropriateness of Israel's security paradigm to the opposite
course of actions, i.e., joining a WMD Free-Zone in the Middle East, is to be discussed as well.

The course will be taught by Prof. Ph.D. Eitan Barak (Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Prof. Eitan Barak is a good friend of our Center and he is specialized in the law of weaponry,
security regimes, and arms control and disarmament, mainly in the Middle East.

SNSPA's BA Students attending a minimum of 80% of the classes will receive credits. Attendance to be confirmed at

This event is organized with the financial support of the Israel Institute in Washington D.C.

The course will take place from 6-22 April 2021, online on the Cisco Webex platform in the following format:

- Tuesday, April 6,       10:30-13:30

- Friday, April 9,           10:30-13:30

- Monday, April 12,      10:30-13:30

- Friday, April 16,         10:30-13:30

- Monday, April 19,      10:30-13:30

- Thursday, April 22.   10:30-13:30


Remarks: The modular course was held by Prof. Eitan Barak from Hebrew University of Jerusalem between 6-22 April 2021. The course was organized online on Cisco Webex platform with the support of SNSPA. The course involved six online meetings for about 4 hours each one. We had 42 students enrolled in this course. This event was organized for under- graduate students who could obtain credits as an optional discipline, but it was also open to graduate students or those who were interested. We had two researchers and four students from other universities in Bucharest among the participants. Although it was an online course, Prof. Eitan Barak made the course very interactive with videos and Q&A sessions. The students had to send a final paper to Prof. Eitan Barak in order to receive a grade.