Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) were pioneered in Europe at the height of the Cold War. The immediate goal of such measures is to create enough trust between parties in international conflicts to avoid mutually unfavourable-sometimes dangerous-outcomes due to misunderstandings. The long-term goal of CBMs is to move the contending parties closer
Gabriel Ben-Dor is Professor of Political Science and former Rector, Haifa University. He is the author of over 70 professional articles and two books, and is contributing editor to three books, including, with David Dewitt, Conflict Management in the Middle East (1987).
David B. Dewitt is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, and Director of the Centre for International and Strategic Studies. His current research focuses on regional security and conflict management, including evolving security concerns in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as Canadian foreign and security policy. His most recent publication, edited with David Haglund and John Kirton, is Building a New Global Order: Emerging Trends in International Security (1993).
Introduction -- Confidence Building Measures in the Middle East -- Regional Actors: The Israelis and the Palestinians -- The Palestinians and Confidence Building Measures in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Implications of Statelessness -- Confidence and Security Building: The Israeli Domestic Dimension -- Confidence Building Measures and Israeli Security Concerns -- The Role of Extremist Political Groups in the Context of Confidence Building Between the Israelis and Palestinians -- Regional Actors: Arab States -- Reflections on Confidence Building in an Intricate Regional "Security Complex"-The Middle East -- Israel and Syria: The Problem of Confidence -- Jordan and the Question of Confidence Building: The Politics of Ambivalence -- Confidence Building and Dilemmas of Cooperation: The Egyptian-Israeli Experiment -- External Actors and Interactions -- The United States and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process -- Russia's Role in Peacemaking and Confidence Building in the Middle East: Present and Future -- The Evolution of Arms Control in the Middle East -- Can the Media Mediate? Mass-Mediated Diplomacy in the Middle East -- Reflections About Confidence Building in the Middle East -- Towards a Confidence Transformational Dynamic -- Confidence Building and the Peace Process in the Middle East -- The Arab Press -- Radio-Listening in Arab Countries, 1974 (Percentage) -- Selected Bibliography
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