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A highway Map to battle advances the research of geopolitics considerably and gives a wonderful instance of cumulative and cutting edge study from an interdisciplinary standpoint. (John O'Louglin) An surprisingly coherent set of essays. A street Map to struggle succeeds admirably in its objective of explaining the function that territory performs within the conceptualization, escalation, recurrence, solution, and way forward for militarized clash. (Harvey Starr) Territorial issues are ordinarily a basic component to overseas clash. historical past is replete with examples, from negotiations approximately disputed borders to overt conflict over parts wealthy with ordinary assets. certainly, the position of territorial matters in clash among states is essentially assumed. notwithstanding, there was little scholarship dedicated in particular to the an important position of territoriality in foreign clash. A highway Map to battle: Territorial Dimensions of foreign clash considers the position of territory within the initiation, evolution, escalation, and backbone of interstate clash and encompasses a lot of the state of the art learn within the sector of geography and overseas clash. subject matters fluctuate from an exam of overseas legislations in territorial conflicts to an empirical research of the equity of the Camp David accords, yet the entire essays deal with a coherent subject matter: that conflicts related to an important territorial part are extra harmful than different disputes, yet with the excellent news that such conflicts might be resolved peacefully. students of foreign clash, peace examine, and geography will locate this booklet major for the research and perform of diplomacy.

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Since the stated objectives of the Hizbolla fighters is to remove Israel from Lebanon, as contrasted with the prior intentions of the Palestinian occupants of Southern Lebanon Page 10 during the 1970s to inflict damage within Israel, it is questionable whether continued control of this security zone serves any long-term strategic objective. It also explains the grassroots movement among many Israeli citizens, especially parents of soldiers serving their tour of duty in South Lebanon, to persuade the government to unilaterally withdraw from this region.

Thus the conflict over territory as land is about not only sovereignty but also ownership. The expansion of land purchase and ownership prior to the establishment of the State of Israel was viewed as a means by which legitimate claims to future sovereignty would be justified (Kimmerling 1983; Kellerman 1994). This was expressed Page 7 through the collective purchase of land by the Jewish National Fund on behalf of the people as a whole and through the transfer of this land to state control immediately subsequent to the setting up of the state.

The debate focuses on the question of just which territories and how much area needs to be controlled as a means of enhancing the strategic posture of the country. Certain areas, such as the Golan Heights, carry a greater consensus among army generals concerning their strategic importance, as compared with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, over which views are divided. The fact that the pre-1967 "green line" boundary runs parallel to the upland slopes was always seen as constituting a strategic threat Page 9 to the Israeli towns in the coastal plain, whereas most Israeli proposals for the ultimate territorial configuration of separate Israeli and Palestinian entities on the West Bank have insisted that Israel retain control of the Jordan Valley in the west as a means of ensuring defensible and secure boundaries (Allon 1976; Newman 1995a).

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