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Spring 2019 Israel Studies Courses Still Open!!

Take a look at our open courses and head on over to Testudo and Register.  Our courses are cross listed with many academic programs/departments including Comp. Lit, Film, Hebrew, History, Jewish Studies, Sociology, Women Studies, LGBT, and Terrorism Studies.

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Go to Testudo to register for an Israel Studies course!! We have lots of exciting courses and most are cross listed with other departments.

The Israel University Consortium: 16th Israel University Study Tour for Study Abroad Professionals, March 10th – March 19th, 2019

The Israel University Consortium’s Israel University Study Tour (IUST) provides study abroad professionals with the knowledge and insight necessary to effectively study abroad in Israel,while acquainting or reacquainting them with the beauty and vitality of Israel.

The IUST includes full-day visits to each one of the IUC campuses: Ben-Gurion University of the NegevRothberg International School – The Hebrew University of JerusalemTel Aviv University InternationalTechnion International, and the University of Haifa International School.

Rabi Avi ShafranA Tale of Two Speeches

By Rabbi Avi Shafran

It was the best of times

I had the honor of making two public presentations in recent days, one to second-grade students at the impressive Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in Southfield, Michigan; and the other, to students and members of the public at the University of Maryland.

The real story behind Gaza’s marches: The Gazans who chose to stay home

An analysis written by Moran Stern, a PhD candidate in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and a graduate fellow in Advanced Israel Studies, featured in Ynetnews.
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Analysis: The ordinary Palestinian is not only politically weary, he is also increasingly alienated from his leadership and political institutions as venues to propel a meaningful change in his life. Under such circumstances, responding to Hama’s calls to protest and risk one’s lives by marching towards the border makes little sense.

Weapons of mass destruction bookWeapons of Mass Media

Director, and Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair of Israel Studies, Yoram Peri’s new book, “Mediatizing Wars: Power, Paradox and Israel’s Strategic Dilemma” featured in The Jerusalem Post.  Peri’s new book, currently available only in Hebrew, examines the strategic challenges that Israel and other liberal democracies face as a result of what he calls the “mediatization” of war zones.  Peri’s book is a wake-up call to Israel and other liberal democracies fighting wars.

BalfourDeconstructing Balfour: The Declaration at 100, by Paul Scham

First appeared in Israel Horizons, no. 2, Nov. 2017

If you follow news concerning Israel, it’s been pretty hard to miss the spate of anniversaries that are being celebrated this year and next. The next one, coming up on Nov. 2, is ‘Balfour Day,’ the date in 1917 on which British foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour sent his famous letter to Lord Rothschild, known forever after as the Balfour Declaration.

Paul Scham is the Executive Director and Research Associate Professor of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies.

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Ozge and Hamza YavuzVisiting Scholars from Turkey: Hamza Yavuz and Ozge Yavuz

Hamza Yavuz is a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at Gazi University in Turkey.

Ozge Yavuz is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of international relations and also a research assistant at Gazi University in Turkey.

What is a one state solution What is a ‘one-state’ solution?

Director, and Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair of Israel Studies, Yoram Peri featured in Washington Jewish Week.




israel-studiesJerusalem Post: If You Build Israel Studies, They Will Come

Mitchell Bard highlights the University of Maryland’s exceptional Israel Studies program

Yiang YangGIIS establishes ties with Chinese universities

Academic interest in Israel Studies is growing at a rapid pace throughout China, and Prof. Peri met with a number of scholars and administrators at Chinese universities and institutions.

GIIS Honors RabinGIIS honors Rabin with Middle East talk

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies (GIIS) honors Rabin at its annual Dubin Lecture.

Syrian Civil WarThe Syrian Crisis and Israeli Security Challenges

GIIS director Prof. Yoram Peri discussed Israeli viewpoints and national security calculations vis-à-vis the events in Syria at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.