Identity, Conflict, and International Interest in the Middle East

B'nai Israel Congregation

Dates: Every Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - April 05, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Dr. Fred Lazin

Professor Fred Lazin is the Professor of Local Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev and the Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at American University. 

Join Professor Lazin for stimulating presentations and discussions about the political, cultural, and religious issues that animate life for the average Israeli. Participants are sure to gain a new understanding of some of the issues that dominate the news cycle every day.

March 22: Great Conflicts in the Middle East
This session explores the major conflicts that ignite passions in the Middle East, only one of which is the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Others include the interests of the great powers for influence and hegemony, conflicts both within and between the major religions, and issues of national identity and pride.

March 29: The American-Israeli Relationship from 1948 to the Present
President Harry Truman famously became the first head of state to recognize the new State of Israel in 1948, but the attitude of subsequent administrations to Israel was far from clear cut. This session examines the causes of changes in the relationship over time, up to and including the elections of President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. It will also explore the impact of groups like AIPAC, both from the American and Israeli perspectives.

April 5: Changes in Israel's Collective Identity
This session begins with an examination of the social vision for Israel as first laid out by David Ben Gurion and then compares it with what Israeli society looks like today. We will look at many identity forces, with special emphasis on the role of religion, religious political parties, and the quest for religious pluralism.
 

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Online Learning for this Event

Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Lecture 1 Slideshow
Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Lecture 2 Slideshow
Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Lecture 3 Slideshow
Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Suggested Reading
Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Lecture 1 Audio
Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Lecture 2 Audio
Identity, Conflict, and International Interest - Lecture 3 Audio


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