The Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Research Division in the Middle East and Central Asia Research Institute is promoting scientific research into changes in the region in the 21st century since the major trends taking place need comprehensive research that will encompass the following factors:
- The changes that have taken place after the ‘Arab Spring’.
- The ongoing schism between Sunni and Shia Islamic movements and the role this plays in the diplomatic relations between states in the region.
- The influence of terrorism on the stability of the states in the region and the changes taking place in the balance of power between the global and regional powers as well as the tendency towards managing international politics within intra-state, international and global forums.
The Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Division focuses on the ongoing transformation of the policies of different political agencies in the region including states, non-states and international organizations and aspires to advance the following goals:
- The encouragement of interdisciplinary studies involving the complexities of the contemporary political and security challenges that can lead to new insights into the region and its relations with different regional and global processes.
- The development of knowledge and methodological tools that will improve policy planning and its implementation in the region in order to advance conflict resolution.
- The study of Israel’s foreign policy in the region. We strive to examine new approaches to Israel’s foreign policies in the 21st century and are particularly interested in works that evaluate alternatives for Israel’s foreign policies.
- Cooperation between our research division and other academic institutions and think tanks who aspire to developing and sharing knowledge about the region’s diplomatic and foreign policy challenges.
Working with both students in the Middle East/Political Science Department at Ariel University and researchers in the early stages of their career to facilitate training as researchers and the encouragement of publication of studies done on the issues set by the Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Division.
Defeat in war naturally has a special impact on the backbone of leadership. More than anyone else, leaders are held directly responsible for the failure. For example, the humiliating defeat of the Arab states in the Six-Day War caused political unrest and weakened their regimes’ legitimacy in the Arab street (Ibrahim 1993). Defeat also creates national