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The Yom Kippur War and the Security Dilemma Theory
An analysis of the motivations behind the 1973 Yom Kippur War through the lens of the security dilemma theory.
# 153070 | 1,905 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in History (Middle Eastern) , International Relations (War and Conflict)

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The paper describes the events leading up to the 1973 Yom Kippur War between the Israelis and the Arab states surrounding them and analyzes how the security dilemma theory can apply to the motivations behind both sets of actors in this war. The paper finds that it is still uncertain whether the Arab coalition attacked Israel on Yom Kippur in 1973 because it wanted to employ an offensive defensive, or because it was actually interested in defeating the Israelis and taking the country over. The paper concludes, however, that even though it did not manage to win the war, the Arab coalition nonetheless proved that the international public, and Israel in particular, had previously underestimated it.

Events Leading to the Yom Kippur War
Yom Kippur War and Security Dilemma theory

From the Paper:

"As previously mentioned, the first steps in preparing for the war had been performed in 1967, at the time when the Israelis fortified a position on the Sinai Peninsula. Even though matters had been relatively calm until 1973, it was obvious that a conflict was imminent and until war broke out several allies of Egypt and even Israel itself were aware of this. However, no one could approximate the date when the Arabs would charge, mainly because the general public felt that they did not have the weapons and the expertise to guarantee a success in their fight against Israel. Given that the Cold War was at its apogee and that the Soviets were particularly interested in strengthening their positions around the world, it seems only natural that they knew of the conflict well before it started. This is actually visible through the fact that Egyptians went through great efforts to get Soviets to provide them with the latest military technology
"From all of the Arab states involved in the Yom Kippur War, Syria was apparently the only one that visibly wanted to use the conflict as an excuse to capture Israel and demonstrate its supremacy in the territory. In contrast, most of the other Arab actors in the war felt that the war had been nothing more but a necessity, considering that they could no longer accept being threatened by Israel, which clearly put across its power in the 1967 war, proving that it could easily capture Arab territory with little to no resistance from the Arab world."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aboul-Enein, Youssef H. "The Yom Kippur War: Indications and Warnings,"Military Review 83.1 (2003).
  • Bregman, Ahron. Israel's Wars: A History since 1947 (London: Routledge, 2002).
  • Dunstan, Simon. The Yom Kippur War: the Arab-Israeli War of 1973. (Osprey Publishing, 2007).
  • Kenen, I. L. Israel's Defense Line: Her Friends and Foes in Washington(Buffalo: Prometheus Books, 1981).
  • Powaski, Ronald E. The Cold War The United States and the Soviet Union, 1917-1991 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).

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