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Spring 2015

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Iran's Quest for World Prominence

by Shoshana Bryen
May 21, 2015 | Secure Freedom Radio

Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center, appears on the Secure Freedom Radio podcast to discuss Iran's quest to become a world superpower and other Middle East topics.

Evening Reception with Author Joshua Muravchik

May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Israel Institute
Washington, DC

Washington-area Jewish Policy Center members met on May 18th to hear Joshua Muravchik, author of Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel. Muravchik, fomerly with Johns Hopkins University's SAIS and the American Enterprise Institute, grounded the change in broader changes in the Arab world after the Six Day War, including regional disillusionment with Nasser's pan-Arab nationalism that made room for a separate Palestinian identity that previously been lacking. Arab oil money and Western fear of terrorism in the 1970s accelerated the process. How to reclaim public opinion for Israel remains an open question.

The Unlikely Israeli-Egyptian Coalition in the Sinai

by Shoshana Bryen
May 13, 2015 | Secure Freedom Radio

Shoshana Bryen, Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center, appears on Secure Freedom Radio to discuss a variety of topics related to Israel's security.

Charles Freilich on How Israel Makes National Security Policy

May 6, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Jewish Policy Center
Washington, DC

A special thank you to Charles Freilich who came to the JPC to speak about how Israel makes national security policy.

Chuck Freilich was a Senior Analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense and a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the UN. He is now a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School.

Chuck recently completed a book on Israel's national security decision making processes, "Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy". The book was given the 2014 annual book award by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Israel's foremost think tank. He is now nearing completion of a new book on Israeli national security strategy and has begun co-authoring a book on Israel and the cyber threat.

He lives in Netanya Israel and spends the spring semester in the US each year, where he teaches political science at Harvard, as well as at the IDC in Herzliya.

Video: Regional Ramifications of an Iranian Nuclear Accord

by Gabriel Scheinmann
April 16, 2015 | Center for Security Policy

The Prospects for a Two-State Solution: A Panel Discussion

March 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Towson, MD

Jewish Policy Center Director of Policy Gabriel Scheinmann debated Ori Nir the Director of Communications and Public Engagement for Americans for Peace Now over the possibility of a more permanent peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.

Gabriel Scheinmann on MSNBC Hardball

March 18, 2015 | MSNBC

Shoshana Bryen Talks Middle East Policy on Northwest Florida Radio.

February 24, 2015 | 1330AM WEBY Radio

Senior Director Shoshana Bryen talks to the Middle East Round Table on Your Turn with host Mike Bates on 1330AM WEBY radio on February 24, 2015.

Book Lunch: Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief

February 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Jewish Policy Center
Washington, DC

The JPC would like to thank Dr. Asaf Romirowsky and Dr. Alexander Joffe for their informative presentation on Palestinian refugee relief and how it impacts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today.

Photo: Michael Johnson

Their book, "Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief," examines the leading role of the Quaker American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in the United Nations relief program for Palestine Arab refugees in 1948-1950 in the Gaza Strip. It situates the operation within the context of the AFSC's attempts to exercise new influence on the separate issues of pacifism and disarmament at a time marked by US efforts to construct a Cold War security regime in the Middle East and British efforts to retain influence and bases in Arab countries.

Dr. Asaf Romirowsky is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME). Trained as a Middle East historian he holds a PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London.

Dr. Alexander Joffe is a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum. Joffe is a writer on Israel and Jewish affairs. Trained as an archaeologist and historian, he holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from the University of Arizona.

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