The limits of Israel’s periphery doctrine: Lessons from the Caucasus and Central Asia

Rob Geist Pinfold, Joel Peters

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Recently, Israel has resuscitated its ‘periphery doctrine’: the attempted circumvention of Arab hostility, by cultivating relations with other nearby actors. Despite the expanding literature on the periphery doctrine, no study has delineated Israel’s contemporary relations with the Caucasus and Central Asia. This deficit is conspicuous, because earlier works noted Israel’s employment of the periphery doctrine to create durable relations, across both regions. This assessment contrasts with non-regional literature, which stresses the periphery doctrine’s limited utility. This essay therefore provides an updated assessment of Israel’s regional ties. We argue that Israel has, in fact, failed to create long-term partnerships in the Caucasus and Central Asia. Thus, these cases illuminate the periphery doctrine’s deficiencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-49
Number of pages25
JournalMeditteranean Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Caucasus
  • Central Asia
  • Israel
  • periphery doctrine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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