Dr. Paul Rivlin’s Columns on the Political Economies of Middle Eastern Countries

January 11, 2021

If you want to binge on the economies of the Middle East, consider reading Dr. Paul Rivlin’s monthly columns. They are published at the Moshe Dayan Center of Tel Aviv University. Two decades ago in the search to hire another of our annual visiting Israeli scholars to teach courses at Emory College and in the Business School, fortuity struck. Through a close colleague I identified Paul Rivlin from Tel Aviv University’s Moshe Dayan Center.

Hannukah: Predictions, Politics, the Pandemic, and Accountability

December 10, 2020

Do you think any of the Maccabees would have guessed that the one jar of oil would have kept the menorah burning in Mod’in for eight days rather than one? If one had predicted yes or no, there probably would not have been either good or bad consequences in the years after 165 BCE. 

Sadat’s Leadership: Lessons for the Palestinians?

November 25, 2020

Ken Stein Leadership is about knowing your objectives and adjusting and implementing the tactics to accomplish them. Leadership is also about choices and consequences. It is about making political trade-offs.  November 2020 marks the 43th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem and his historic speech to the Israeli Parliament.  Those were heady […]

Israel-Indo Asian Relations

October 26, 2020

Ken Stein October 26, 2020 Until the 1990s, when Israel’s increased engagement with Asia notably expanded, her relations particularly with China, India and Japan, were limited for three broad reasons.  First, Israel’s state-seeking and state-building endeavors focused westwards on Europe, the Americas and Africa. Once statehood unfolded in 1948, no trade evolved with hostile Middle […]

Interviews with Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan on Arab world and Palestinian leaders

October 16, 2020

Bandar Bin Sultan was Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States from 1983-2005. He served as director general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency from 2012 to 2014 and the head of the National Security Council from 2005 to 2015. All rights to this article belong to Al-Arabiya; the interviews are provided by permission of the Al-Arabiya.

The Abraham Accords- US, UAE, Israel and Bahrain

September 27, 2020

Quietly pursued over the past decade or more, long-standing ties between Israel and Gulf states have become public, based on national interests, with speculation that adversial relations could move into some loose regional alliance system. Building on the historic Joint Agreement signed between Israel and the UAE in August 2020, the Abraham Accords are a framework for normalizing diplomatic relations between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain; noticeably, they are not based on first resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Israel – United Arab Emirates Recognition

August 20, 2020

On August 13, 2020, when the United Arab Emirates agreed to pursue full normal relations with Israel, without any Israeli withdrawal from lands it won in the June 1967 war, the sacred negotiating formula, “Land for Peace” that had dominated Arab-Israeli talks for half a century abruptly ended.

A Panacea in the Pandemic: Distance Learning

May 31, 2020

June 10, 2020 By Dr. Ken Stein, Founding CIE President The pandemic has had a blistering impact on our lives. When and where will it end? Unexpected and unnecessary deaths. We have learned that some parts of government are inept — some not prepared or not willing to cope, some on-the-spot accurate and competent. Unemployment […]

Atlanta Jewish Times: Israel Educator Workshop Goes Virtual

May 22, 2020

The Center for Israel Education and the Emory University Institute for the Study of Modern Israel are presenting their 19th annual workshop on teaching about modern Israel, but with a coronavirus-inspired twist. For the first time, the four-day workshop is going virtual, enabling a larger group to participate and lowering the cost. As previously planned, […]

The Arab-Israeli War of 1948—A Short History

May 15, 2020

Otherwise known as Israel’s War of Independence, or, “the nakbah” or disaster to the Arab world because a Jewish state was established, the war was fought between the newly established Jewish state of Israel opposed by Palestinian irregulars, and armies from five Arab states. Official beginning of the war is usually given as May 14, 1948, the date Israel declared itself an independent Jewish state, but the war’s first of four phases began in November 1947. Lasting for two years, the war ended with armistice agreements signed in 1949 between Israel and four Arab states.

Is Passover a Legacy Moment in Jewish History?

April 12, 2020

Ken Stein, Emory University, Center for Israel Education What are turning points or legacy moments in history? That was the focus of my zoom class at Emory for 80 students in late March when we touched on whether the June 1967 War was a turning point or legacy moment in Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern […]

Dayenu – From Exodus to Contemporary Israel

April 6, 2020

Sung or recited on Passover, the original Dayenu is reflective appreciation of 14 significant events specifically wrapped around the exodus from Egypt. The Dayenu presented here chronicles Jewish history from Exodus to the present day. This history can be read individually or responsively. Different moments and personalities in Jewish history could have been included. Hebrew and Spanish versions of Dayenu are available.