6 Events

Screenshot from a Hamas video showing the launch of rockets from a populated civilian area.

Flickr CC/Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Seminar - Open to the Public

Asymmetric Coercion and Rules of the Game: Theory and Evidence from the Israel-Hamas Conflict in the Gaza Strip

Thu., Apr. 27, 2023 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Daniel Sobelman, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Despite the vast military disparity between them, the Hamas-run Gaza Strip has in recent years become a significant factor in Israel's strategic environment. Drawing on a conceptual framework of asymmetrical coercive bargaining, this seminar will discuss different stages in the evolution of the conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip over the past two decades, but especially since Hamas's takeover in 2007.

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar:
https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrd-mqqTMpH9dP2KfAGgAVLV3Ckzm9dLQv

A man waving a giant flag combining the Iranian, Palestinian, Syrian and Hezbollah flags during a celebration at Azadi Square in the Iranian capital Tehran.

Courtesy of TheKhilafah

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Strategy of Resistance: Asymmetric Deterrence and Middle East Conflicts

Thu., Mar. 10, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Online

Speaker: Daniel Sobelman,  Assistant Professor of International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

In contemporary Middle Eastern politics, the term "resistance" connotes a strong anti-Western, pro-Iranian, geo-political, and ideological orientation. But in addition to representing a quest for a new regional order, "resistance" has come to signify a coherent strategy of asymmetric intra-war deterrence. As a strategic approach, "resistance" has been pursued, among other places, in conflict areas such as Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran. This seminar will discuss the regional diffusion of "resistance" as an asymmetric strategy, a fact that has led to multiple attempts to employ it. Drawing on various case studies, the seminar will explain the within- and between-case variation in the different "resistance" actors' ability to constrain and deter their militarily superior adversaries.

Everyone is invited to join us via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrcO6rrD0sH91wcgu0ZlEQ4u-QmaVuoau0 

Violent Riots in the Gaza Strip, 11-May-2018

Flickr/IDF

Seminar - Open to the Public

Raising the Threshold: Asymmetric Coercion and Rules of the Game in the Israel-Hamas Conflict

Thu., Oct. 10, 2019 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Daniel Sobelman, Assistant Professor of International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Drawing on the conflict between Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip since the mid-2000s, this seminar will analyze the dynamics and the strategic implications of intra-war coercion in an asymmetric conflict between an established state and an emerging violent non-state actor. The speaker will examine Hamas's adoption of Hezbollah’s military doctrine and strategic vocabulary and explain the manner in which the Hamas movement has been able to harness its military capabilities to impose and threaten heavier costs on Israel while reducing Israel's freedom of action vis-a-vis the Gaza Strip.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the United Nations General Assembly, September 27, 2012.

UN webcast

Seminar - Open to the Public

Believing the Unbelievable: The Establishment of a Credible Israeli Military Threat Against Iran, 2011–2012

Thu., Nov. 3, 2016 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

In 2011 and 2012, as part of its effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, Israel engaged in coercive diplomacy to convince the United States to cast Iran into economic isolation and take certain measures in order to dissuade Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This seminar will take a closer look at Israel's coercive campaign and draw insights on the origins of threat credibility in international relations.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Quest for Deterrence Stability: Israel and Hezbollah After the 2006 War

Thu., Feb. 4, 2016 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

This seminar will analyze the variation in deterrence dynamics in the Israel-Hezbollah conflict and explore the manner in which the two actors have applied deterrence in the wake of the 2006 war.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

View of the Israel-Lebanon international border area, taken from an armored IDF vehicle.

Johnny Zoo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Deterring Non-State Actors (and Vice Versa): The Case of Israel-Hezbollah

Thu., Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

In his seminar, Dr. Sobelman will outline the dynamics that have shaped the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah since the early 1990s and explore the manner in which the latter has in recent years accompanied its vast military procurement with a calculated public deterrence campaign vis-à-vis Israel.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.