Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of History
A watershed moment in the history of the Middle East and a landmark event in the history of the State of Israel, the Yom Kippur War of October 1973 continues to attract much public and scholarly attention. While the war is the most documented military campaign in the history of the country, a myriad of questions regarding the background that led to the surprise attack on Yom Kippur, the way in which the war unfolded, and its long-term implications on Israeli and Jewish life, have never been fully answered. This symposium will explore these questions from different perspectives and shed new light on the war and its significance.
Professor Michael Alexander, UC Riverside
Michael Alexander is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UC Riverside. He writes about modern Jewish history and is currently working on a new book, Golda & Henry: Jews, Power, and the Path to the Yom Kippur War. He is the author of Jazz Age Jews, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 2002.
Professor Avner Cohen, Monterey Institute for International Studies (a graduate school of Middlebury College)
Avner Cohen is Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute and Senior Fellow with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He is an internationally-recognized expert on the Israeli nuclear program and nonproliferation issues in the Middle East. Dr. Cohen has served as a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Center for International and Security Studies (CISSM) at the University of Maryland, and United States Institute of Peace (USIP). In addition, Dr. Cohen was co-director of the Project on Nuclear Arms Control in the Middle East at the Security Studies Program at MIT from 1990 to 1995.
Nadav Molchadsky, UCLA
A magna cum laude graduate of Tel Aviv University in Jewish history and political science, Nadav Molchadsky is a PhD candidate in modern Jewish history at UCLA. Nadav is currently writing his dissertation on the topic of Israeli commissions of inquiry - including the Agranat Commission which investigated intelligence and IDF failings leading up to the Yom Kippur War. His research explores the affinity between these commissions' work, Israeli collective memory and historiography.
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