From Asymmetry to Disproportionality: The Formation of the IDF’s ‘New War’ Doctrine

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Hall 1, Gamla torget 3, Uppsala
  • Föreläsare: Dr Gil Merom, member of the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) and the Department of Government and IR in the University of Sydney
  • Arrangör: The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and Uppsala Forum, both at Uppsala University
  • Kontaktperson: Ashok Swain
  • Föreläsning

In this guest lecture, Dr Gil Merom from the University of Sydney will detail the Israeli Defence Force’s doctrinaire adaptation to military challenges of the new millennium. Reference will be made to Israel’s four most recent campaigns in Lebanon and Gaza (2006-2014).

The original doctrine of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) emphasised early warning, deterrence, and battlefield decision. All three proved elusive in recent confrontations with asymmetric enemies. The article details the IDF’s doctrinaire adaptation to military challenges of the new millennium by reference to Israel’s four most recent campaigns in Lebanon and Gaza (2006-2014). Data is drawn from a large volume of publications in key IDF and Israeli security journals, published over a period of 16 years. Ultimately, the article explains why the IDF abandoned its original offensive doctrine and how it established an undeclared doctrine of disproportional response in the context of what its officers define as the ‘new operational environment.’

Gil Merom is a member of the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) and the Department of Government and IR in the University of Sydney. His research interests include world politics, international security, national security, state and society, democratic wars, strategy, LIC, intelligence, and Israeli security.  His current research focuses on collateral damage. His other interests are in realism and nuclear proliferation, norms and constructed international behaviour, good security agreements, and gambling decision makers.

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