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American Policy Toward Israel: the power and limits of belief

Dr Michael Thomas will mark the launch of his new book, American Policy toward Israel: the power and limits of beliefs, in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Wednesday 30 May.

Most scholars explain America's nearly unconditional support of Israel either as a result of inordinate influence by a small pro-Israel lobby or as the product of strategic choices by presidents. In his book, Thomas uses studies of the Reagan and first Bush administrations to demonstrate a more useful way of understanding American policy and predicting when it might change. That method involves analysing how policy advocates redefine, institutionally embed, and enforce versions of long-standing American beliefs favourable to their preferred policies, and under what conditions those efforts are less effective.

American Policy toward Israel explains policy changes over time and provides insights into what circumstances might lead to lasting changes in policy. An epilogue also applies the lessons learned to the current Bush administration.

Michael Thomas served as director of Robertson Monagle and Eastaugh Law Practice from 1971 to 1994. Professor Arne Westad, International History, LSE, will chair this event.

American Policy toward Israel: the power and limits of beliefs is on Wednesday 30 May at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London, WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


A related debate, Israel and the Palestinians: domestic developments and prospects for talks|, will be held on Wednesday 13 June at LSE, with Professor Shai Feldman, director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, Boston, and Dr Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), Ramallah.

21 May 2007