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Jerome Slater



Jerome Slater received his B.A. at Alfred University in 1956, his MA at Yale in 1958, and his PhD in political science at Princeton in 1965.  He has been a fellow of the Social Science Research Council, the Mershon Foundation, and the Brookings Institution, and he taught political science at Ohio State University, Haifa University (Fulbright Lecturer, 1989),  and the State University of New York at Buffalo, from 1966-2000.  After his retirement as professor of political science at SUNY/Buffalo, he was appointed University Research Scholar (his present title). 

He is the author of two books and many monographs, book chapters, and journal articles on various aspects of U.S. foreign policy and international security.  In particular, he has published a number of book chapters and articles on this topic for professional journals (including International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Security Studies, and others).  He also writes on this topic and other foreign policy/international security issues for general audiences, including many oped columns for the Buffalo News, and articles in Dissent, Tikkun, and elsewhere.  He is at work on a book on U.S. Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-present.

His main research interests include U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Summer 2013

"Correspondence: Just War Theory and the 2008-2009 Gaza Invasion"

Journal Article, issue 1, volume 38

By Davis Brown, Tamar Meisels, Jerome Slater and Michael L. Gross

Davis Brown, Michael L. Gross, and Tamar Meisels respond to Jerome Slater's Fall 2012 International Security article, "Just War Moral Philosophy and the 2008-09 Isreali Campaign in Gaza."



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Fall 2012

"Just War Moral Philosophy and the 2008–09 Israeli Campaign in Gaza"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 37

By Jerome Slater

The controversial 2008–09 Israeli campaign in Gaza violated just war principles on three main accounts: it did not discriminate in its targets, there was no just cause, and it did not exhaust nonviolent alternatives. Human rights organizations have criticized Israel for its methods during the campaign, but its claim that the attack was an act of self-defense and was therefore justifiable is still widely accepted. The campaign’s primary purpose, however, was to crush resistance to Israel’s repression of Gaza—an indefensible cause by just war standards. Moreover, Israel did not fully explore political alternatives before launching the attack.

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Fall 2007

"Muting the Alarm over the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 32

By Jerome Slater

The United States' near-unconditional support of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians has been disastrous not only for Israelis and Palestinians, but also for U.S. national interests. A major explanation for the failure of U.S. policies is the largely uninformed and uncritical mainstream and even elite media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the United States.




Summer 2002

"Lost Opportunities for Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Israel and Syria, 1948-2001"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 27

By Jerome Slater

In a challenge to much of the conventional wisdom, Jerome Slater writes that observers in the United States and Israel have unduly laid blame for the decades-old Israeli-Syrian conflict on the leadership in Damascus. Although both Israel and Syria have been "inflexible, ideological, and prone to maximal demands," Slater says, Israel bears greater responsibility for the lack of a comprehensive Israeli-Syrian settlement.

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