SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar presents research on Israel’s relations with the world powers

30 July 2014
Colin Shindler

Professor Colin Shindler, Pears Senior Research Fellow in Israel Studies at SOAS, University of London has edited and provided an introduction to a new book that explores Israel’s diplomatic alliances beyond the Middle East.

Israel and the World Powers: Diplomatic Alliances and International Relations Beyond the Middle East, published by I.B. Tauris, examines Israel’s relationships with historical world powers such as Britain and France, as well as the United States, Russia and China and the emerging world powers India and Brazil. 13 scholars from all over the world shed light on what has been a remarkable development of diplomatic ties between Israel and other world powers since the signing of the Oslo Accords in the mid-1990s. One chapter considers how US-Israeli foreign policy, though undeniably intertwined, has at times been a cause of friction between the two nations.  

Professor Shindler said: ‘This collective work of international scholars grew out of a conference at SOAS in March 2008. Each chapter is a stand-alone history, evaluation and analysis of Israel’s relationship with a specific country. It will certainly be of great assistance to postgraduate students writing a thesis and deeply interesting to the general reader.’  

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