Date of Graduation

Summer 2014


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Kerry Kartchner


In the absence of a mutual defense treaty between the U.S. and Israel, how is Israel assured of the U.S.'s commitment to Israeli security? Informal security assurances define the security relationship between the two. This thesis draws conclusions and parallels between informal presidential assurances and Israeli security decision-making. For political, and global geostrategic reasons, the president must assure Israel of the U.S.'s commitment to uphold its security. If the president is not successful in providing credible assurances, there could be negative consequences for the United States. The United States could lose its power to influence Israeli security decision-making, leading Israel to pursue independent and unpredictable actions, which could be unfavorable to U.S. interests.


executive, assurance, commitment, security, Israel

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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