Recent Events

Charles FreilichIsraeli National Security: a New Strategy for an Era of Change
Featuring Dr. Charles Freilich

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
H. J. Patterson Hall, Room 2114

Dr. Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, is a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center and author of Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy (2012), Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change (2018), and Israel and the Cyber-Threat (forthcoming late 2018). His primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, U.S.- Middle East policy, and Israeli national security strategy and decision- making.

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Trump in the Middle EastTrump, Israel & The Middle East: A Midterm Assessment
 (Panel Discussion)

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM
H. J. Patterson Hall, Atrium, 1st Floor


Professor Scott Lasensky, former American diplomat in Israel, Senior Advisor on Israel and the Middle East, Obama Administration (2011 – 2017), University of Maryland

Distinguished Speakers:

Elisa Catalano, former Senior Advisor on the Middle East, White House and State Department (2005 – 2016), Center for a New American Security

Dr. Robert Satloff, Executive Director & Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Professor Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor of Peace and Development, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

At the two-year mark, U.S. foreign policy bears many hallmarks of change. Please join the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies for a midterm assessment of the Trump Administration and its policies toward Israel and the Middle East. Speakers on this distinguished panel—including some of the most recognized and respected figures in the foreign policy community—will offer their analysis and take questions from students. The event will be on-the-record.  RSVP and direct questions to Avis Koeiman at

New Perspectives on the Partition of Palestine, 1937-1947
Featuring Arie M. Dubnov

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
H. J. Patterson Hall, Room 4123

Arie DubnovArie M. Dubnov is an associate professor of history and the Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies at the George Washington University. His latest book, Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-century Territorial Separatism (2019, co-edited with Laura Robson), traces the idea of partition in the British interwar imperial context and connects the links between partition plans in Ireland, Palestine/Israel and India/Pakistan.

Chanukah party at 5:00 PM following the lecture!

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Everyone welcome to attend both or either.

This event is co-sponsored by the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of History, Nathan & Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies.

The U.S.- Israel Security Alliance: An Insider’s Perspective
Featuring Brigadier General Assaf Orion

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 9:30 – 10:45 AM
Susquehanna Hall, Room 1119

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Please join us for this special opportunity to discuss American-Israeli security relations, including current challenges and dilemmas. Brigadier General Assaf Orion will be interviewed by Visiting Professor Scott Lasensky, engage in a dialogue with students, and take questions from members of the broader campus community.

Orion is a Senior Research Fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies, and until 2015 was a member of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) General Staff, heading the Strategic Planning Branch.

This event will be on-the-record, and is co-sponsored by CISSM, School of Public Policy.

Israel’s Entrepreneurial Culture: How a Socialist Economy Turned into Start-Up Nation
Featuring David Rosenberg

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM
H. J. Patterson Hall, Room 1102

Tel AvivFrom a very inauspicious start, Israel has developed into one the world’s leading centers for high technology over the last two decades.  Good engineering and science skills only explain part of the phenomenon: Israel’s vaunted start-up culture is first and foremost based on values embedded deeply in Israeli society.

David RosenbergDavid Rosenberg is the author of Israel’s Technology Economy: Origins and Impact (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is also an economics editor and a columnist for the Haaretz daily in English. He has been a journalist in Israel for three decades.

The Israeli Refugee Asylum Regime: A Comparative Context 
Featuring Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir

Thursday, September 6, 2018 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
H.J. Patterson Hall, Room 2118

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Over the last two decades a number of refugees, mostly from Africa, have arrived in Israel seeking political asylum.  Israel has introduced strict measures to stop the entry of illegal immigrants and to deport those who are already in the country. Earlier this year the issue erupted into a fierce public debate that is still going on.  This talk will describe these processes in a comparative context, given the growth of the refugee crisis internationally, and discuss the broader implications of refugee protection and responsibility sharing.



Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir

Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir is a Senior Lecturer of immigration and international law at the College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel. She received her LLB from Tel Aviv University, Magna Cum Laude (2002). She clerked for Justice Mishael Cheshin in the Israeli Supreme Court, and she is a member of the Israeli bar since 2004. She received her PhD from Tel Aviv University after graduating from the direct PhD program, and wrote her thesis on “Socio-economic refugees” (2008). She was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University (2006-7), a Hauser Research scholar at NYU (2008-9) and Polonsky Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (2010-5). In 2017-18 she was a visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program and a scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, as well as an instructor at Yale University, and in 2018-9 she is an Israel Institute Associate Professor at Harvard Department of Sociology.

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