Demonization in International Politics

A Barrier to Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  • Linn Normand

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Linn Normand
    Pages 1-24
  3. Linn Normand
    Pages 25-55
  4. Linn Normand
    Pages 57-77
  5. Linn Normand
    Pages 183-193
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-271

About this book


This book investigates demonization in international politics, particularly in the Middle East. It argues that while demonization’s origins are religious, its continued presence is fundamentally political. Drawing upon examples from historical and modern conflicts, this work addresses two key questions: Why do leaders demonize enemies when waging war? And what are the lasting impacts on peacemaking? In providing answers to these inquiries, the author applies historical insight to twenty-first century conflict. Specific attention is given to Israel and Palestine as the author argues that war-time demonization in policy, media, and art is a psychological and relational barrier during peace talks.


Demonization Israeli-Palestinian conflict Israel Palestine Conflict resolution Middle East Identity politics Diplomacy Diplomatic deadlock Peace talks Constructivism International politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Linn Normand
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California DavisUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA

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