Drawing on the conflict between Israel and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip since the mid-2000s, and on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in southern Lebanon during the 1990s, this seminar will explain the dynamics and long-term strategic implications of intra-war coercion in a protracted asymmetric conflict between an established state and an emerging violent non-state actor. These dynamics help to explain the current state of play between Israel and the Gaza Strip in general, and the impact this conflict has had on Israel’s strategic environment in particular.

Daniel Sobelman is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he  also obtained his PhD. Between 2014-2017, Dr. Sobelman was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. A former Arab Affairs Correspondent for the Israeli daily Haaretz, and later an open-source analyst for the U.S. Government, Daniel has written extensively on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict for nearly two decades.