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The Middle East, Iran, the U.S. and Israel

nuc Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library              

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Iran and the Region

Naghmeh Sohrabi, Associate Director for Research, Crown Center for Middle East Studies; Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Modern Middle East History, Brandeis University
Amir Hossein Mahdavi, Graduate Research Assistant, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Abdel Monem Said Aly, Director, Regional Center for Strategic Studies (Cairo); Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Moderator: David Ellenson, Acting Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

The U.S. and Israel

Efraim Inbar, Director, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University; Israel Institute Visiting Professor, Boston University
Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard University
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies; Professor of Politics, Brandeis University
Moderator: Rachel Fish, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Cosponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies


Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (the BESA Center). Inbar’s area of specialization is Middle Eastern strategic issues with a special interest in the politics and strategy of Israeli national security. He has written over 80 articles in professional journals and edited volumes. He has authored five books: Outcast Countries in the World Community (1985), War and Peace in Israeli Politics. Labor Party Positions on National Security (1991), Rabin and Israel’s National Security (1999), The Israeli-Turkish Entente (2001), and Israel's National Security: Issues and Challenges since the Yom Kippur War (2008). He has also edited twelve collections of articles. In 2015-2016 he is Israel Institute Visiting Professor at Boston University. More...

Gary Samore is the Executive Director for Research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and member of the advisory board for United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), a non-profit organization that seeks to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He served for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea. As WMD Coordinator, he served as the principal advisor to the President on all matters relating to arms control and the prevention of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and WMD terrorism, and coordinated United States government activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent proliferation and WMD terrorism and promote international arms control efforts. More...

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