Scoping Study of a U.S.-Israel Security Dialogue   [open pdf - 255KB]

"During the last six years, U.S.-Israel relations have come under increasing strain and pressure. Structural changes in the strategic environment facing both countries, as well as differences in the worldviews and leadership styles of American and Israeli leaders, have led to rare public discord. As of May 2016, the bilateral U.S.-Israel Strategic Dialogue, the highest formal level of coordination between the two countries, has not been held since September 2014. The current turbulence in U.S.-Israel relations, however, should be viewed within the broader context of the U.S.-Israel 'special relationship.' While tactical differences between the United States and Israel have emerged in the past, the two allies have managed to find ways to work closely toward a greater alignment on shared security and strategic goals. The purpose of this paper is to determine for the incoming U.S. administration whether there is a need for a future U.S.-Israel security dialogue to address current policy gaps, with special emphasis on enhancing cooperation to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), strengthen nonproliferation norms, and prepare for regional security emerging threats. The paper will present the results of a scoping study conducted by the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the National Defense University's Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWSMD) assessing the desirability, feasibility, and scope of a U.S.-Israel security dialogue to be implemented after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The project team conducted in-depth consultations with over 30 serving U.S. and Israeli government officials and experts, including a research trip to Israel on March 16-17, 2016." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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