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"National Security Decision-Making in Israel: Processes, Pathologies, and Strengths"

Journal Article, Middle East Journal, volume 60, issue 4, pages 635-663

Autumn 2006

Author: Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security



This article presents a first of its kind typology of Israeli national security decision-making processes, focusing on five primary pathologies and a number of strengths. It will demonstrate that these pathologies are the product of an extraordinarily compelling external environment and domestic structural factors: chiefly, the extreme politicization of the decision-making process stemming from the proportional representation electoral system, the consequent need to govern through coalition cabinets, and the absence of effective cabinet-level decision-making support capabilities.


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For Academic Citation:

Freilich, Chuck (Charles D.). "National Security Decision-Making in Israel: Processes, Pathologies, and Strengths." Middle East Journal 60, no. 4 (Autumn 2006): 635-663.

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