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Israel's relations with the Gulf states : toward the emergence of a tacit security regime?

Jones, Clive A. and Guzansky, Yoel (2017) 'Israel's relations with the Gulf states : toward the emergence of a tacit security regime?', Contemporary security policy., 38 (3). pp. 398-419.


By drawing on the literature about security regimes, this article posits the idea that a particular type of regime, which can be termed a “tacit security regime” (TSR), has begun to emerge between Israel, on the one hand, and several Gulf Arab states, on the other. It is a regime which, unlike liberal institutional variants that attempt to privilege the promotion of collective norms, remains configured around perceptions of threats to be countered and strategic interests to be realized. By examining the development, scope, and scale of this nascent TSR, this article explores the extent to which Israel, mindful of Washington, DC’s regional retrenchment, sees the emergence of such a regime as redefining the political and strategic contours of Israel’s relations with much of the Middle East.

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Date accepted:04 February 2017
Date deposited:21 February 2017
Date of first online publication:20 February 2017
Date first made open access:20 February 2018

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