Nachman Shai: Veteran Labor Voice seeks Return to Knesset

February 21, 2021

Former three-term Knesset member is motivated to run in the March 23 elections to create a better Israel for his children and grandchildren, provide a voice for the vital senior population, topple Prime Minister Netanyahu, and restore the Labor Party’s legacy.

Israel-Indo Asian Relations

February 18, 2021

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 Eastern Arab neighbors after the […]

The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History

February 9, 2021

In our ebook for teens, college students and adults, The June 1967 War: How It changed Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern History, according to many, we captured the drama and essence of the war’s enduring and so far unending impact. The June 1967 Middle East War transformed Israeli, Jewish, and Middle Eastern History. In the span of six weeks, in May and June 1967, Israel, its neighbors and the international community were engulfed with varying emotions including admonition, arrogance, audacity, astonishment, bravado, boasting, daring, euphoria, fears of annihilation, hesitation, humiliation, indecision, miscalculation, pride, procrastination, relief, resignation, self-doubt, self-importance, and tension.

Options and Realities for Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East

January 27, 2021

President Biden comes to the presidency with more Washington experience than any other former president. While he has designated a foreign policy team with significant experience, his immediate priorities will be domestic. With a razor thin senate majority why would he expend political capital in trying to find solutions to Middle Eastern issues that are highly complex, seemingly intractable, and culturally embedded? The exception might be seeking to curtail Iran's nuclear and regional aggressiveness.

2021 Strategic Overview: Vaccines and Vacillations

January 26, 2021

From the Tel Aviv based, INSS, The Institute for National Security Studies, their annual review of Israel's domestic and foreign policy challenges is available. Released by one of Israel's most prestigious think tanks, their 2021 Strategic Overview contains more than a dozen thoroughly researched topics. This publication has no peer for excellence and analyses. Its authors are highly respected for their competence in respective fields of specialty, and in the coherence that each of them brings to their essays.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Countries: A Curated Reading List

January 22, 2021

The Coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting the politics and economies of Middle Eastern states. A second spike in cases is staggering the region's population. Provided here is a curated reading list of analyses and assessments from online sources.

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.

Accessible Sources for Understanding Zionism to 1949

January 3, 2021

Modern Zionism to 1949 Learning about modern Jewish history, Israel and the Middle East can be daunting. Whether student or teacher, Jew or non-Jew, knowing what sources to trust and where to find them can be overwhelming, given the number of blogs, organizations, websites, and individuals who claim their views are the most relevant, salient, […]

Why learning about Israel matters

December 23, 2020

Whether you are Jewish or non-Jewish, knowing and familiarizing yourself with the history and future of Israel is about knowing your unique origins.

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 […]

From Balfour to Begin 1917 – 1977

November 19, 2020

Ken Stein Coincidently during the month of November, occurring over a sixty year period, four important benchmarks were passed in Zionist history and the Jewish quest for statehood and recognition: The 1917 Balfour Declaration,  1947 UN Partition Resolution, 1967 United Nations Resolution 242, and Menachem Begin’s 1977 Knesset speech responding to Egyptian President Sadat’s historic visit […]