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dc.contributor.advisorRussell, James A.
dc.contributor.authorWarfel, Madison J.
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-11T00:14:23Z
dc.date.available2022-02-11T00:14:23Z
dc.date.issued2021-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/68762
dc.description.abstractThis thesis addresses the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s refusal to normalize relations with Israel. The United States is the facilitator of normalization between Arab states and Israel and possesses an interest in successful rapprochement for regional stability and peace. KSA’s opposition to formal diplomatic relations with Israel presents a challenge to U.S. interests of regional stability and peace. To determine why KSA refused normalization, this thesis analyzes international, domestic, and individual factors. The main findings of the research are that each level holds explanatory power, and combined, these factors help one understand why KSA did not normalize relations with Israel. I argue that the international factor that explains KSA’s refusal is its offensive realist foreign policy approach. The domestic factors that dissuade KSA from normalization create fear for KSA regime survival. These domestic factors include public opinion, internal government opposition, and resistance from the Muslim world. The individual factors analysis sheds light on the historical opposition to normalization with Israel in the Saud family. To meet U.S. interests of peace and stability in the Arab world, it is paramount to understand why KSA did not normalize relations with Israel.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleTHE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA’S OPPOSITION TO NORMALIZATION WITH ISRAELen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGlosny, Michael A.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authornormalizationen_US
dc.subject.authorrapprochementen_US
dc.subject.authorIsraelen_US
dc.subject.authorSaudi Arabiaen_US
dc.subject.authorKSAen_US
dc.subject.authorAbraham Accordsen_US
dc.subject.authorGulf Regionen_US
dc.subject.authorpeaceen_US
dc.subject.authorinternationalen_US
dc.subject.authordomesticen_US
dc.description.serviceSecond Lieutenant, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid35073
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release. Distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.identifier.curriculumcode681, Middle East, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa


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