[P4902] Reconsidering Israeli-Lebanese Relations

Created by Oren Barak
Saturday, 11/18/17 5:30pm


Israeli-Lebanese relations have known periods of stability and conflict. However, existing studies on these relations tend to focus on the more volatile periods in the two states' relations, and especially on the two major military confrontations in 1982 and in 2006, while overlooking other periods, and also limit themselves to the political-military realm while overlooking other spheres, and especially culture - broadly defined. The goal of this panel is to address these notable gaps in the study of Lebanese-Israeli relations by presenting cutting-edge research on various aspects of these relations that have not been previously addressed. Challenging the widely held perception of Israeli-Lebanese relations as inherently - and perhaps inevitably - violent and conflict-ridden, the first two papers will inquire about the origins of Israeli-Shi'i enmity in South Lebanon in the 1980s and 1990s and informal settlements reached between Israel and Lebanese non-state actors, chiefly Hizbullah, in recent years. The other three papers will seek to move beyond the political-military realm, asking how "inglorious" events in the two states' relations, including those concerning the Palestinians in Lebanon, have been commemorated or silenced in the two states; how the two states have dealt with their volatile relations in their respective educational systems; and how the two states' relations are represented in Lebanese and Israeli films and in popular culture more generally. In addition to providing a broader and more nuanced view of Israeli-Lebanese relations, the panel will encourage additional research on these and other aspects of Lebanese-Israeli - and possibly other Israeli-Arab - relations, including various methodologies and approaches that can be used for this purpose.


Intl Rltns/Aff



Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg

(Carnegie Mellon University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Asher Kaufman

(University of Notre Dame)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer; Presenter;

Oren Barak

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Oren Barak is the Maurice B. Hexter Chair in International Relations – Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was visiting scholar at Harvard University...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Elena Aoun

(Université catholique de Louvain)
Elena Aoun is assistant professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and most of her research focuses on the Middle East. As a Lebanese political science student at the Saint-Joseph University (Beirut), she has started by writing a first...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Matthieu Cimino

(Oxford University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Daniel Sobelman

(Harvard University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;