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Diaries reveal overwhelmed British officials in Palestine wanted to go home
In an exclusive article of the Times of Israel, CMED Senior Fellow Steve Zipperstein reveals diary entries of Sir John Chancellor and Sir Harry Charles Luke, who led Mandatory Palestine from 1928-1931. Chancellor and Luke's meticulous diaries recorded their observations and commentary on the conflict between Palestinian Arab nationalism and Zionism. Some sarcastic, exasperated entries show they were appalled by Arab violence and repulsed by Jewish ‘arrogance' and espionage, heralding today's conflict in the region.
Saturday, June 13, 2020 READ MORE
How to cancel annexation? Make a win-win deal that's better
In The Times of Israel, CMED Senior Fellow Steve Zipperstein outlines various international deals that could be pursued in order to ultimately cancel Israeli annexation of 30 percent of the West Bank, a plan recently announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Palestinians, regional states and the West could make these moves in a quid pro quo that improves the position of everyone involved.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 READ MORE
WEBINAR: U.S. Middle East Policy During a Pandemic, a Social Crisis, and an Election Year
Zev Furst, a leading global political, business and communications strategist, will discuss current US policy, considering the pandemic, the death of George Floyd, and US elections. Research Professor Steve Spiegel will moderate a discussion based on audience questions.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 READ MORE
WEBINAR: Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19 for the Middle East
A webinar with Hesham Youssef (United States Institute of Peace), Dalia Dassa Kaye (RAND), and Ehud Eiran (Stanford University); Moderated by Kevan Harris (UCLA) and Dov Waxman (UCLA)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 READ MORE
"Lebanonization": Framing Policy for the Puzzles of the Middle East
In a publication for the Middle East Policy Council journal, CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that an increasing number of states in the Middle East are adopting the attributes, behaviors and outcomes of Lebanon.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 READ MORE
"Policing Citizens: Minority Policy in Israel"
On May 20, Professor Guy Ben-Porat of Ben-Gurion University discussed his new book, Policing Citizens: Minority Policy in Israel. It was followed by a conversation with Dr. Steven Popper of RAND, and then audience Q&A led by Professor Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.
WEBINAR: Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Trials of Palestine
The latest publication in the CMED Routledge Book Series explores the origins of many of the fundamental legal arguments in the Arab–Israeli conflict that prevail to this day. Author Steve Zipperstein will present highlights of his work and Professor Steve Spiegel will moderate a discussion based on audience questions.
Friday, May 15, 2020 READ MORE
Bernie Sanders: the king of wishful thinking in the Middle East
CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that pressuring Israel to partake in negotiations, particularly negotiations doomed to fail from the outset, does not bode well for future Israeli cooperation in US regional policies.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 READ MORE
Bernie Sanders cannot have his cake and eat it too in the Middle East
CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher exposes a problem in the approach of Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders regarding the Iran nuclear issue. Sanders must betray one of his key foreign policy beliefs - suspending military aid to Saudi Arabia - if he wants to immediately re-enter the JCPOA or face the likelihood of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. Read the full opinion piece here, published in the Washington Examiner.
The Future of the Middle East Looks Just Like This
CMED Research Fellow Eric Bordenkircher argues that the Middle East is not on the precipice of a great regional war. The future is more likely to look like Lebanon: fractured and constantly in turmoil.
Monday, March 9, 2020 READ MORE
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