Ideas and Structure in Nuclear Non-proliferation Policy-Making: A comparative analysis of the role of ideational versus material factors in shaping the United States’ and Israel’s strategies toward the Iranian nuclear program
Raphael’s doctoral research explores the influence of political worldviews on strategic thinking in general, and in particular, how fundamental ideological assumptions have shaped policy toward the Iranian nuclear program in the United States and Israel. The first section identifies and describes in detail the worldviews of four competing strategic subcultures that are represented in both countries in parallel. These subcultures hold differing views on fundamental questions of strategy-making including the nature and future of world political order, the proper role of ideals in foreign-policy, and the nature of the current Iranian regime. After presenting the competing subcultures, the second section analyzes each states’ policy toward the Iranian nuclear program between the years 2002-2015 while assessing the relative influence of ideational factors with respect to material factors arising from the international system. The theoretical framework integrates two fields within international relations literature: strategic culture and neoclassical realism.
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BenLevi, Raphael. (2018). A Review of: “Israeli peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the breakthroughs and failures. By Galia Golan.” Journal of the Middle East and Africa Book Notes.