The International Self: Psychoanalysis and the Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
The International Self explores an age-old question in international affairs, one that has been particularly pressing in the context of the contemporary Middle East: what leads long-standing adversaries to seek peace? Mira M. Sucharov employs a socio-psychoanalytic model to argue that collective identity ultimately shapes foreign policy and policy change. Specifically, she shows that all states possess a distinctive role-identity that tends to shape behavior in the international realm. When policy deviates too greatly from the established role-identity, the population experiences cognitive dissonance and expresses this through counternarratives an unconscious representation of what the polity collectively fears in itself propelling political elites to realign the state s policy with its identity. Focusing on Israel s decision to embark on negotiations leading to the 1993 agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Sucharov sees this policy reversal as a reaction to the unease generated by two events in the 1980s the war in Lebanon and the first Palestinian Intifada that contradicted Israelis perceptions of their state as a defensive warrior. Her argument bridges the fields of conflict resolution, Middle East studies, and international relations.
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Mira M. Sucharov
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