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Ehud Eiran

Ehud Eiran

Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

 

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Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

Current Affiliation: Martze/Assistant Professor, Division of International Relations, School of Political Science, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel

 

 

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2013

Summer 2013

"The Sum of all Fears: Israel’s Perception of a Nuclear-Armed Iran"

Journal Article, Washington Quarterly, issue 36, volume 3

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom and Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

President Rouhani's initiative to restart nuclear negotiations has been met with deep skepticism in Israel. Haifa University political scientist Ehud Eiran and MTA Executive Director Martin Malin suggest in the current issue of The Washington Quarterly that Israel's framing of, and response to, the Iranian nuclear program is a product of four distinct fears: existential threat, strategic risk, socio-economic erosion, and a challenge to founding principles. Understanding the sources and consequences of these fears can help policy makers avoid dangerous pitfalls and missed opportunities in their response to the current Iranian initiative.

 

2011

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March 18, 2011

"What Makes Alliances Last"

Op-Ed, Haaretz

By Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"...[W]e cannot rest on our laurels. Just as our non-democratic neighbors may become more democratic, we risk becoming less so. A host of legislative measures, attacks on academics in universities, and openly discriminatory calls by religious and political leaders suggest that our commitment to an open society that respects minority rights may be weakening."

 

 

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Winter 2010

"Explaining the Settlement Project: We Know More, But What More Should We Know?"

Journal Article, Israel Studies Forum, issue 2, volume 25

By Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"...the settlement project was a secondary issue on the overly packed agenda of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Indeed, compared to the matters that have weighed on the relationship over the years, such as the decades-long mutual non-recognition, the settlement issue was perceived as a subset of the future borders demarcation question. This situation is no longer the case."

 

2010

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November 12, 2010

"The Kosovo Model for Mideast Peace"

Op-Ed, The Providence Journal

By Nir Eisikovits and Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"...the U.N.- led negotiation about Kosovo's status failed in 2007, but the two-year process that resulted in this failure also paved the way to the outcome that many parties preferred, an independent Kosovo. The U.N.'s achievement was to put in place the basic building blocks that would make an independent Kosovo more feasible. For example, in the course of the status talks, the Kosovars agreed to guarantee certain rights to the Serb minority there, thus removing a significant hurdle for independence."

 

 

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June 5, 2010

"Lost Tribe"

Op-Ed, Newsweek

By Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"Actions like the killings aboard the Gaza aid ship do nothing to ameliorate this situation; they only create new sources of resistance. The blockade that brought about the flotilla is dehumanizing, barely justified on security grounds. It is imposed against the same people who hold the key to our legitimacy, at least in the eyes of the millions of Arabs who surround us. The killing of several Turks deeply corrodes Israel's relationship with Ankara, the only capital in the region that did not wait for Palestinian approval to engage in a meaningful relationship with the Jewish state. Wide international condemnation has already slowed efforts at the United Nations to tighten sanctions on Iran. How long can our modern-day Sparta live by its sword, when the sword creates new difficulties?"

 

 

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June 1, 2010

"End the Siege, but Keep Arms Out"

Op-Ed, New York Times, Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News

By Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"Israel is a world expert in border control. It can ease the suffering in Gaza, while deploying effective strategies, technologies and alliances (most of all, with Egypt) to maintain low levels of arms imports into Gaza. Any other route would not only be morally difficult; it would fail to serve Israel's strategic goals."

 

2009

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Winter 2009

"Politics and the 2005 Gaza and North West Bank Compensation and Assistance Facility"

Journal Article, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, volume 14

By Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

This paper explores and analyzes the claims and assistance facility created by Israel in order to compensate and aid these relocated settlers, and makes two contributions. First, it investigates the structural features of the claims and assistance facility. Second, it explores the effect of politics on the development, construction, and implementation of the facility. Rather than creating, as in most facilities, a mechanism to redress an injury already suffered, the Israeli government developed ted a compensation mechanism for a future injury that the government itself was about to cause. This situation contributed to the politicization of the facility and put the settlers in the impossible position of wanting to prevent the injury in the first place, while still having adequate compensation should the injury be unstoppable.

 

 

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July 26, 2009

"What Israel Needs from Palestinians"

Op-Ed, The Providence Journal

By Nir Eisikovits and Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"The demand for recognition as articulated by Prime Minister Netanyahu leaves more to be desired. While he demanded recognition for Israel, he granted none to the Palestinians. If Israel's prime minister wanted the most basic aspects of his people's national story acknowledged, he should have reciprocated in kind."

 

 

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June 6, 2009

"The Two-State Trap in the Mideast"

Op-Ed, The Providence Journal

By Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010 and Nir Eisikovits

"...A weak (or even worse, a failed) Palestinian state next to Israel will most likely lead not to the end of violence, but rather to its perpetuation. This is also a dangerous dichotomy, as it does not leave room for failure despite the fact that failure may come. The Palestinian national movement is deeply divided, and the Israeli public fears — based on the lessons of the withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza — that leaving the West Bank would compromise its security. The logical conclusion from presenting a binary map for the future — two states or war — when a two-state option is highly unlikely, is that the proposed frame has a great potential to destabilize the situation, rather than calm it.

 

2008

November 26, 2008

"In the Name of Peace, Israelis and Palestinians Should Become European"

Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor

By Richard N. Rosecrance, Adjunct Professor; International Security Program; Director, Project on U.S.-China Relations and Ehud Eiran, Former Associate, International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2005–2010

"...The dual identity of a supranational entity comprised of peaceful national states holds the answer for both sides' most profound concerns. For Israelis, EU membership offers physical security and permanent legitimacy. For Palestinians, membership means a territorial settlement, including a return, of sorts, of their lands through the new joint European source of security and authority over them."

 

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