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"Atzili sheds powerful light on the roots of current international and civil conflicts. His arguments are novel and convincing. This book is essential reading for students of international politics and policy."--Stephen Van Evera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"Boaz Atzili provides an original and insightful analysis of why in the current international system the weakest states generate the most instances of war."--Benjamin Miller, University of Haifa


“Atzili sheds powerful light on the roots of current international and civil conflicts. His arguments are novel and convincing. This book is essential reading for students of international politics and policy.”
(Stephen Van Evera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Boaz Atzili presents a very interesting, well-researched, and counterintuitive argument that carries important policy implications and should be emphasized in the literature about international security.”
(Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas)

Good Fences, Bad Neighbors addresses in a very illuminating and novel way one of the key paradoxes in post–World War II international security: how and why an international norm designed to encourage peace increased, rather than decreased, the level of warfare in at least some parts of the world. Boaz Atzili provides an original and insightful analysis of why in the current international system the weakest states generate the most instances of war.”
(Benjamin Miller, University of Haifa)

"The international norm of border fixity (or the idea that the forcible annexation of territory is taboo) is thought to contribute to international stability, but Boaz Atzili argues that in some cases it contributes to the survival of weak states, thus creating conditions that make war more likely."
(Survival 2013-05-07)

About the Author

Boaz Atzili is assistant professor in the School of International Service, American University.


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Boaz Atzili is an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service (SIS) of American University in Washington DC. He was born and raised in Kibbutz Zikim in the south of Israel, and is now living in Rockville, Maryland.

He holds a 2006 PhD in Political Science from MIT and a 1997 BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After earning his PhD Atzili was a postdoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, (2006-8). He also received scholarships and fellowships from American University, MIT and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Atzili teaches "International Relations Pro-seminar" (PhD level), "International Security," and "Theory of International Relations," (MA level), and "Arab-Israeli relations" (BA level) at the International Politics program of the School of International Service, American University. Before coming to American University he also taught at Boston University, Tufts University, and Bentley College.
Prof. Atzili's research interests are in the general area of international security, with emphasis on territorial conflicts and the politics of borders, military doctrines, regional security complexes, and the international aspects of state weakness and state failure. He has published articles in journals such as International Security and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Harvard International Review, SAIS Review of International Affairs.
The book Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2012) is based on his dissertation that has won the American Political Science Association's Kenneth N. Waltz prize for the best 2006 dissertation in the area of security studies.

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