Watch highlights and full presentations from CIE workshops, academic presentations, and expert panels.

Video: Leaders in Israel Who Made Historic Decisions: Tracing Their Journey

July 15, 2020

What lessons can we learn from some of Israel’s leaders about Jewish sovereignty, peoplehood, and compromise? Panelists Rachel Fish, Nachman Shai and Gil Troy highlight some key individuals, including David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, and Henrietta Szold, in a discussion with Rich Walter.

Religion and State in Israel

Even as Israel, like America, guarantees religious freedom, it has been connected from its inception to Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people. Nevertheless, that connection has been fraught with tension, from accommodation of religion in the public sphere (the “Status Quo” agreement) to how the state should relate to the Haredi population. Emory University’s […]

The Progression of Israeli Culture

Upon its inception, Zionism needed more than political and financial solutions to actualize a Jewish home in Palestine. It was necessary for the architects of the Zionist enterprise to cultivate a “new Jew” to lay the societal foundation for what would become the state of Israel. The result was a largely European, secular and labor-focused […]

How Did the Zionists Make the State: 1882-1949

Using archival and published sources, including materials from the CIE website, CIE President Ken Stein identifies six factors as reasons for the Zionists’ success: Zionist political action, the impaired socio-economic condition of the Arab population, the commitment of Zionist immigrants, strategic decisions by Zionist leaders, the dysfunctional relations of surrounding Arab states, and persistent European […]

The Haredim and the State of Israel

June 26, 2019

During the 2019 CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel, Emory University Professor Michael Berger discusses how Hasidism was one of the most important Jewish innovations of its time, the evolution of ultra-Orthodoxy, and the status of Haredim within Israel today.

Religious Zionism

During the 2019 CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel, Emory University Professor Michael Berger traces the evolution of religious Zionism from its roots in Europe to its participation in current Israeli politics.

Arab Minority and the Challenge of Integration

June 25, 2019

During the 2019 CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel, Professor Yitzhak Reiter of Ashkelon Academic College discusses Israel's Arab minority. The talk focuses on the factors that impact relations between Israel's Jews and Arabs, the impact of the 2018 Nation State Law, and the conflict between civic and national identities.

Previewing the Bahrain Economic Summit

June 19, 2019

CIE President Ken Stein speaks with David Makovsky, the Ziegler distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on June 19, 2019. The major focus of the discussion was on the upcoming US led Peace to Prosperity workshop which was held in Bahrain June 25 and 26, 2019 at which Makovsky was an observer. Stein and Makovsky discuss, in-depth, the economic summit, the Trump administration's Middle East Peace Plan, and the prospects for success.

US Israel Relationship

January 30, 2019

Scholars and policy experts Jonathan Schanzer, Todd Stein, Alan Makovsky and Professor Ken Stein discuss the evolution, successes, and challenges of the US-Israel relationship.

1 State, 2 State …3 State?

January 2, 2019

Scholars and policy experts Yitzhak Reiter, Joel Singer, Jonathan Schanzer and Rachel Fish discuss potential resolutions to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.

Brief Discussion of Zionism

November 10, 2018

Scholars Asher Susser, Yitzhak Reiter, Yaron Ayalon and Rachel Fish discuss Zionism's emergence, evolution, and its impact on Jewish and Israeli identity.

Consequences for Middle Eastern States Since the Arab Spring

November 9, 2018

Professor Asher Susser describes the neighborhood of the Middle East, Arab nationalism, and the changing relationships of the region's states with Israel.