Prof. Stuart Cohen

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The Jewish National Tradition and its Implementation

Diplomatic History

Civil - Military Relations

Modern Jewish Halachah, The Military and War



PhD, History and Diplomacy, Oxford University, England
M.A. Modern History, Oxford University, England
B.A. Modern History, Oxford University, England



World War I

History of War

Development of Military Thought in the Modern Era



The Formulation of British Policy towards Mesopotamia, 1903-1914 (Ithaca,1979)

English Zionists and British Jews: The Communal Politics of Anglo-Jewry (PUP: Princeton, 1982);

The Jewish Polity: Jewish Political Organization from Biblical Times to the Present (with. D.J. Elazar: Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1985).
(בעברית: עדת בני ישראל (ר. מס, ירושלים, 1997

The Three Crowns: Structures of Communal Government in Early Rabbinic Jewry (CUP: Cambridge, 1992);
היסטוריה דיפלומטית של המאה העשרים, שלושה כרכים: האונ' הפתוחה, 1996-1997
The Scroll or the Sword? Dilemmas of Religion and Military Service in Israel (Harwood Academic Press, London, 1997).

Editor: Democratic Societies and their Armed Forces: Israel in Comparative Context (Frank Cass, London, 2000).

Editor (with Milton Shain), Israel: Culture, Religion and Society (University of Cape Town, 2000).

Recent Articles (since 1992)

"Israel's Changing Military Commitments: Causes and Consequences", Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 15, no. 3 (1992), pp. 330-350.

"The Hesder Yeshivot in Israel: A Church-State Military Arrangement", Journal of Church and State, vol. 35, no. 1 (1993), pp. 113-130.

"`Masqueraders' in the IDF. The Military Unit and the Public Debate", Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, vol.2 (1993), pp. 282-300.

"Imperial Policing against Illegal Immigration: The Royal Navy and Palestine, 1945-1948", Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History,. 22 (1994), pp. 275-293.

"Israel and her Army: Towards a Posture of Military Role Contraction?", Journal of Political and Military Sociology,. 17 (1994), pp. 1-21.

"How did the Intifadah Affect the IDF?", Conflict Quarterly, 14 (1994), pp. 7-22.

"Israel's Defense Force: From a 'People's Army' to a 'Professional Force'", Armed Forces & Society,. 21 (1995), pp. 237-254.

"Small States and their Armies: Re-structuring the Militia Format of the Israel Defense Force", The Journal of Strategic Studies, 18 (1995), pp. 78-93.

"The Peace Process and its Impact on the Development of a 'Smaller and Smarter' IDF", Israel Affairs, 1 (1995), pp. 1-21.

"The Image of the IDF as an Issue in the 1992 Election Campaign", Israel at the Polls, 1992 (eds. D.J. Elazar & S. Sandler; Langham, MD, 1995), pp. 157-174.

"'How shall we sing of Zion in a strange land?' East European immigrants and the challenge of Zionism in Britain, 1895-1920", Jewish Social Studies, 1 (2), (winter 1995), pp. 101-122.
גרסה מורחבת של מס' 7, יחד עם אילן סולימן, בתוך: מערכות , 341 (1995), עמ' 2-16.

גרסה מורחבת של מס' 5, בתוך: ישראל לקראת שנת 200 (בעריכת ב. קניפז ומשה ליסק (מגנס: ירושלים 1996), עמ' 215-232.
"Towards a New Portrait of the (New) Israeli Soldier", Israel Affairs, 3 (1997), pp. 77-117.

"The Concept of the Three Ketarim. Their place in Jewish political thought and implications for the study of Jewish constitutional history", Kinship and Consent: The Jewish Political Tradition and its Contemporary Uses (ed. D.J.Elazar; Transaction Books, Brunswick, N.J., 1997), pp. 47-76.

"The Peace Process and Societal-Military Relations in Israel", in: The Middle East Peace Process: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ed. I. Peleg: SUNY Press, Albany, N.Y., 1998), pp. 107-122.
גרסה מורחבת של מס' 4, בתוך הציונות , מאסף 21 (1998), עמ' 195-224
"Between the Transcendental and the Temporal: Security and the Religious Jewish Community", Security Concerns: Insights from the Israeli Experience (ed. D. Bar-Tal, D. Jacobson, & A. Klieman: JAI Press: CT, 1998), pp. 371-393.

"Religious Motives and Motifs in Anglo-Jewish Opposition to Zionism, 1895-1920", Zionism and Religion (ed. Sh. Almog, J. Reinharz, & A. Shapira: Brandeis University Press, Hanover, 1998), pp. 159-173.

"From integration to segregation: The role of religion in the IDF", Armed Forces & Society, 25 (3), spring 1999, pp. 387-406.

"Military Service in Israel: No Longer a Cohesive Force", Jewish Journal of Sociology, 39 (1999), pp. 5-23.
"המגבלות של צבא מילואים: לקחי מלחמת יום הכיפורים", מערכות, 366-7 (1999), עמ' 56-75.
English version of no. 22 in Israel Affairs, 1999

"Israel: Still Waiting in the Wings" (with R. Gal), in: Post-modern Armies (ed. C. Moskos; Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 351-389.

"How to mount a successful coup d'etat: Lessons from the Bible (II Kings chap.11, II Chronicles chap. 23", Diplomacy and Statecraft, vol. 11 no. 3 (2000), pp. 1-28.

"Changing societal-military relations in Israel: The operational implications", Contemporary Strategy, vol. 33 (2000), pp. 33-79.

"Israel's Three Strategic Challenges", Middle East Quarterly , vol. 6/4 (2000), pp. 41-50.

"Israel and her Army: From Convergence to Confusion, 1948-1998", in Israel: Culture, Religion and Society (edited by Stuart A. Cohen and Milton Shain, University of Cape Town, 2000), pp. 75-87.

"The Scroll or the Sword? Tensions between Judaism and military service in Israel", in: Democratic Societies and their Armed Forces: Israel in Comparative Context (edited: S. Cohen, Frank Cass, London, 2000), pp. 254-273.
"צה"ל - חלופות לבניין הכוח", מרקם הבטחון, בעריכת חגי גולן (מערכות: ת"א, 2001), עמ' 19-41.

עורך תרבות דמוקרטית, מס' 4-5 (2001) בנושא "צבא וחברה בישראל". מחבר "מבוא" ו"המשמעות החברתית של השירות הצבאי בישראל: עיון מחדש" (יחד עם אורי בגנו), עמ' 131-150.
"The Israel Defense Force: Continuity and Change", Armed Forces in the Middle East: Politics and Strategy (eds. B. Rubin & T.A. Keaney: Frank Cass, London, 2002), pp. 162-188.

"Dimensions of Tension between Religion and Military Service in Contemporary Israel", Military, State and Society in Israel: Essays in Honor of Moshe Lissak (eds. D. Maman, E. Ben-Ari & Z. Rosenhek: Transaction, New Brunswick, 2002), pp. 173-201.
"ספרא או סייפא? שאלות של דת ושירות צבאי בישראל בשנות ה-90", בתוך:דת ולאומיות בישראל ובמזרח התיכון, בעריכת נרי הורביץ (ת"א: עם עובד ומרכז יצחק רבין, 2003), עמ' 235-253.
"Why Do They Quarrel? Civil-Military Tensions in LIC Situations", The Review of International Affairs, 2/3 (spring 2003), pp. 21-40.

"Dilemmas of Military Service in Israel: The Religious Dimension", The Tora u-Madda Journal, vol. 12 (2004): 1-23.

"The Changing Jewish Discourse on Armed Conflict: Themes and Implications", Terrorism and Political Violence , forthcoming, 2005.

"Ethical asymmetries in ethnic conflicts: Lessons from the Israeli experience", Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College: Papers (ed. Conrad C. Crane; US Army War College, Carlisle, Penn., forthcoming 2005).

"Israel and her army: Current Changes and Future Prospects", in: The Military and Civil Society (ed. Judith Jaffee: Institute for National Strategic Studies, Washington D.C., forthcoming 2005).

"Managing Human Resources in a Changing Security Environment: Recent Experiences in the IDF", in: The Post-Modern Military: Rethinking the Future (ed. Terri McConville: Taylor & Francis and The Royal Military College of Science, London, 2005, forthcoming).