Professor Jacob Goldberg (PhD from Harvard University in Middle East politics) is a former Senior Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Goldberg is one of the world’s leading experts of our time. He is the author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, and has also published numerous articles in newspapers in Israeli and the U.S., including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Night One: Monday, March 13, 2017 7 P.M.
“Arab Spring” Chaos in Full Swing – Six Years and Counting
The state of the Arab world – fragile, crisis, failed, and collapsed States; Sunni-Shi’ite schism is new Middle East fault line; Iranian-Saudi wars-by-proxies; The Syrian fiasco – one civil war, six conflicts; Iraq after Mosul – return to civil war or to a unified state? Erdogan creates a new Turkey; Kurdish self-rule expands; ISIS in decline but Jihadist terrorism on the rise; Refugees as political pawns.
Night Two: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 7 P.M.
”In The Aftermath of American Failures- Trump’s Middle East Dilemma: Continue Obama’s Withdrawal or Re-engage?”
Scrap the Iran nuclear agreement? Let Putin call the shots in Syria? Shift American priorities – Is Iran or ISIS a bigger threat to US national security? Check Iran’s regional ambitions? Adopt a new strategy against Islamist Jihadism? Put American-Saudi relations back on track? Try jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Night Three: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7 P.M.
“Israeli Opportunities and Challenges in a Chaotic Middle East Trump as a dilemma”
Putin as a challenge; A new regional landscape – growing cooperation with the Sunni block; Iran – the “dormant” Strategic threat; The immediate military threats - Hizballah and Hamas; What if the Syrian war ends in a Putin/Assad/Iran/Hizballah victory? Palestinian-Israeli deadlock – between Intifada and a Bi-National State; Israel as a paradox – a high-tech, “start-up” nation Vs. a paralyzed political establishment and absence of statecraft; Shimon Peres – the last Founding Father.
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Ticket Price Per Lecture: $18.50; JCC Member $15.00
Goldberg 3-pack: Price $50.00; JCC Member Price $40.00
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