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Alliansformation - relationen mellan Israel och USA

Elofs, Josephine (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The special relationship between Israel and the US has been subject to questioning, and good many theories have tried to explain why it is so strong. The most common explanation is rooted in the school of realism, where strategy and national interest decide who one's ally is. This essay aspires to examine another possible reason for allianceformation; identity. Several books, which make for the theoretical backbone of this study, have been written on the subject of sharing beliefs, identifying with others and the consequences of this. The question being asked is whether Israel and the US actually share beliefs and, if so, which ones. The countries are being compared through two factors central to their national identity; nationalism and... (More)
The special relationship between Israel and the US has been subject to questioning, and good many theories have tried to explain why it is so strong. The most common explanation is rooted in the school of realism, where strategy and national interest decide who one's ally is. This essay aspires to examine another possible reason for allianceformation; identity. Several books, which make for the theoretical backbone of this study, have been written on the subject of sharing beliefs, identifying with others and the consequences of this. The question being asked is whether Israel and the US actually share beliefs and, if so, which ones. The countries are being compared through two factors central to their national identity; nationalism and civilisation. The conclusion is that identity does matter in allianceformation, and has mattered in this particular alliance. However, it seems as though identity has played a more important role for one country than the other, and that is the US. Israel, being a less established country, can't afford to think about anything but security, and is therefore driven by realism. (Less)
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author
Elofs, Josephine
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Israel, US, alliances, identity, nationalism, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
Swedish
id
1327533
date added to LUP
2006-09-06
date last changed
2006-09-06
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  abstract     = {The special relationship between Israel and the US has been subject to questioning, and good many theories have tried to explain why it is so strong. The most common explanation is rooted in the school of realism, where strategy and national interest decide who one's ally is. This essay aspires to examine another possible reason for allianceformation; identity. Several books, which make for the theoretical backbone of this study, have been written on the subject of sharing beliefs, identifying with others and the consequences of this. The question being asked is whether Israel and the US actually share beliefs and, if so, which ones. The countries are being compared through two factors central to their national identity; nationalism and civilisation. The conclusion is that identity does matter in allianceformation, and has mattered in this particular alliance. However, it seems as though identity has played a more important role for one country than the other, and that is the US. Israel, being a less established country, can't afford to think about anything but security, and is therefore driven by realism.},
  author       = {Elofs, Josephine},
  keyword      = {Israel,US,alliances,identity,nationalism,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Alliansformation - relationen mellan Israel och USA},
  year         = {2006},
}