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Winter 2016

Defense Modernization and Challenges Ahead


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What Now: ISIS, an Ascendant Iran, and the Road Ahead in the Middle East

March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
Highland Park, IL

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inFOCUS Roundtable: Defense Modernization and Challenges Ahead

February 9, 2016 at 8:45 am
Jewish Policy Center
Washington, DC

Please join the JPC for a special morning reception with our

inFOCUS Roundtable: Defense Modernization and Challenges Ahead


Dr. Daniel Goure, Vice President, the Lexington Institute
Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Defense Programs, Heritage Foundation
Paul Joyal, Managing Director for Public Safety, National Strategies

Tuesday, February 9th
8:45am Registration and Coffee
9:00-10:30 Program and Discussion

Jewish Policy Center
Lower Level Conference Room
50 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required and space is limited.

After years of withdrawal from the Middle East, increasingly acrimonious relations with Russia and China, and budget cuts plus reductions in force levels at home, the U.S. has to re-engage in defense planning. And, perhaps more important, to re-engage in strategic thinking about American political and military goals abroad. American leadership and the rebuilding of our forces are the subjects of the Winter 2016 issue of inFOCUS and our roundtable discussion.

Jewish Policy Center Forum in Cleveland

October 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Park Synagogue
Cleveland, OH

Nearly 400 people turned out on a rainy night in Cleveland to attend the Jewish Policy Center's October Forum. Best-selling author and radio host Michael Medved moderated the program as panelists John Podhoretz, Jennifer Dyer and Clifford May considered "What Next?" for Israel and the United States in the Middle East.


Noting that the American foreign policy establishment is wedded to a "two-state solution" between Israel and the Palestinians, May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, called the idea "not currently viable...Abbas has no power in Gaza and little power in the West Bank. If he signed a deal (with Israel) no one would agree to participate. In addition, President Obama has empowered Iran – which believes in the destruction of Israel. Abbas can't go against Iran. What would he say? 'I don't care what Iran wants, I'm making a deal with Israel.'?"

Dyer, a retired U.S. Navy Commander and intelligence specialist, said, "Oslo is dead. The mental construct has to change and the U.S. has to become credible behind Israel. Abbas is not a credible partner and throwing him out is not credible. The U.S. has to agree on goals with Israel, and then go forward."

"What we need," Medved said, "is someone who will build a strong, united America. Nothing damages Israel more than the idea that we are in decline.

"The future is not written," added May. "Decline is a choice; failure is not inevitable. That said, the trends are not good."

Podhoretz, editor of Commentary Magazine, responded to a question about Russia's Middle East ambitions. "The rise of Putin is a consequence of the U.S. absence," he said. "Russia should be a second-rate, tin pot country. It is in terrible condition. But we invited Russia into Syria so President Obama could avoid his own red line on chemical weapons. We ceded Russia that role."

Dyer said the future of the Middle East, and the world, depends largely on what happens in the United States. "We are the one country with universalist principles. We are the one country that makes it policy to advance the principles of democracy, rule of law, and tolerance for others. There is now a feeding frenzy in the Middle East – Iran, China, and Russia are all looking for clients in a part of the world the U.S. used to claim as its primary area of interest."

In closing the program, Podhoretz said, "A lot of the bad news is the result of American withdrawal from the field and some of it might be righted if the U.S. participates. Russia and China don't really want to challenge us – we may rise to the challenge and they may not. They're taking what they can get while we're not playing.

"But if you had a choice of where to be born, of the 192 countries in the world, you would choose the United States. The U.S. is MORE the place to want to be born now than it was in the 1970s."


Ilan Berman: Iran's Deadly Ambition

October 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm
The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power
Washington, DC

Jewish Policy Center members and friends in Washington, DC met in October to hear Ilan Berman, author of Iran's Deadly Ambition. Berman, President of the American Foreign Policy Council, described Iran as both "a country and a revolution," operating around the world to spread its ideology and find ways to attack American interests.

Wednesday, October 7th 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Israel Institute, 1250 Eye Street, NW, Floor 7, Washington, DC 20005

Gabriel Scheinmann on Talk Back Radio

August 12, 2015 | Newstalk KGVO AM 1290

Gabriel Scheinmann appears on Newstalk KGVO Talk Back to discuss U.S. foreign policy and Iran.

Shoshana Bryen on Lisa Benson Radio

August 10, 2015 | Lisa Benson Radio

Lisa Benson interviewed Jerry Gordon and JPC Senior Director Shoshana Bryen on the reaction to the Iran deal, the President's American University Speech and his CNN interview with President Obama by Fareed Zakaria.

Shoshana Bryen Talks on the Middle East Round Table

July 16, 2015 | 1330AM WEBY Radio

JPC Senior Director Shoshana Bryen talks to the Middle East Round Table on Your Turn with host Mike Bates on 1330AM WEBY radio on July 16th, 2015.

Gabriel Scheinmann Discussing Iranian Nuclear Deal

by The Hard Line
June 26, 2015 | NewsmaxTV

Gabriel Scheinmann discusses the prospects of a U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement on NewsmaxTV.

The Kurds: A Guide for U.S. Policymakers

by Shoshana Bryen
June 4, 2015 | Center for Security Policy

On June 4th, during the Center for Security Policy's National Security Group Lunch on Capitol Hill, Shoshana Bryen who is the Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center offered practical steps that the U.S. can do to help assist the Kurds and advance U.S. interests in the region. Bryen says that the first step "is for the U.S. to recognize the Kurds politically, as an ally, as a partner in the fight against ISIS."

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