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Noah P. Berthiaume Mr., University of WindsorFollow

Standing

Undergraduate

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Challenges Theme

Understanding and Optimizing Borders

Your Location

Windsor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

None (will provide one if necessary)

Abstract/Description of Original Work

In the Multitude of Counselors: Contrasting Israeli Reaction to the Rapidly Developing Security Outlook in the Periods Preceding both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War

Noah P. Berthiaume

Department of Political Science, University of Windsor

Understanding the challenge posed by international borders in the formulation of domestic security policy necessitates a critical examination of the profound importance of the exchange of strategic information (both intentional and otherwise) amongst regional actors, and the tendency of governments and their security establishments to rely upon conjecture in the absence of viable intelligence. The maintenance of sovereignty within a region both geographically confined and competitively defensive forces states to confront the challenge of weighing their obligation of proportionality against the necessity of immediacy in formulating comprehensive responses to developing threats. This paper endeavors to examine state approaches to cross-border intelligence gathering and analysis in contentious regions and concludes that the extent to which proportionality can reasonably be factored into the formulation of defense strategy correlates to the immediacy of an emerging threat, and that an imbalance in these two variables precipitates strategic failures. Much of this research focuses on the challenges inherent to managing cross-border security relationships, both diplomatic and military, in a region deeply divided and geographically confined. In identifying the intelligence handling procedures that lead the Israeli security establishment to a strategic victory in the Six Day War, and contrasting said practices with the reactionary mismanagement that lead the same establishment to an historic failure during the Yom Kippur War, this paper seeks to elucidate both best practices and common complacencies in the management of rapidly developing regional security dynamics, and in so doing expand the reader’s understanding of the intersections between international borders and national security.

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In the Multitude of Counselors: Contrasting Israeli Reaction to the Rapidly Developing Security Outlook in the Periods Preceding both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War

In the Multitude of Counselors: Contrasting Israeli Reaction to the Rapidly Developing Security Outlook in the Periods Preceding both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War

Noah P. Berthiaume

Department of Political Science, University of Windsor

Understanding the challenge posed by international borders in the formulation of domestic security policy necessitates a critical examination of the profound importance of the exchange of strategic information (both intentional and otherwise) amongst regional actors, and the tendency of governments and their security establishments to rely upon conjecture in the absence of viable intelligence. The maintenance of sovereignty within a region both geographically confined and competitively defensive forces states to confront the challenge of weighing their obligation of proportionality against the necessity of immediacy in formulating comprehensive responses to developing threats. This paper endeavors to examine state approaches to cross-border intelligence gathering and analysis in contentious regions and concludes that the extent to which proportionality can reasonably be factored into the formulation of defense strategy correlates to the immediacy of an emerging threat, and that an imbalance in these two variables precipitates strategic failures. Much of this research focuses on the challenges inherent to managing cross-border security relationships, both diplomatic and military, in a region deeply divided and geographically confined. In identifying the intelligence handling procedures that lead the Israeli security establishment to a strategic victory in the Six Day War, and contrasting said practices with the reactionary mismanagement that lead the same establishment to an historic failure during the Yom Kippur War, this paper seeks to elucidate both best practices and common complacencies in the management of rapidly developing regional security dynamics, and in so doing expand the reader’s understanding of the intersections between international borders and national security.