BESA Center

The BESA Center Bulletin, November 2016

| October 31, 2016

A summary of the center’s activities in 2016, including seven conferences, eight guest lectures, 60 new publications, and more. Prof. Efraim Karsh, the new director of the center, takes his piercing pen to the Oslo peace process – “one of the worst-ever calamities to have hit Israelis and Palestinians.”

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Australia and Israel Should Develop Closer Ties in Defense and Foreign Affairs

| October 31, 2016

A study by APSI and BESA Center experts considers common strategic interests and suggests security cooperation between Canberra and Jerusalem.

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Israeli Palestinian Policy – Whereto?

| October 11, 2016

Yaakov Amidror, Hillel Frisch, Gershon Hacohen, Efraim Inbar, Eran Lerman and Max Singer discuss Israel’s policies on the Palestinian issue, in a post-Obama and post-Abbas era.

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In Memoriam: Muzi Wertheim

| October 7, 2016

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies mourns the passing in August of Mr. Muzi Wertheim, one of the titans of modern Israeli industry and a founder of the Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He was 86.

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Eight Recent Guest Lectures

| October 6, 2016

Dr. Colin Rubenstein, Mr. Uzi Rubin, Prof. Michael Mandelbaum, Dr. Dov Waxman, Michael Eisenstadt, Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Prof. Peter Berkowitz, and Mr. Jay Solomon delivered guest lectures at the center in recent months.

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Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the New Regional Landscape

| August 26, 2016

In June, experts from Belgium, Bahrain, France, Germany, India, the UK, US and Israel convened at the BESA Center and at Haifa’s National Security Studies Center for a two-day international conference to study developments in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

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New Center Associates: Chorev, Hacohen, Lebel, Lerman and Mekel

| August 25, 2016

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, Brig. Gen. (res.) Moni Chorev, Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, Ambassador Arye Mekel, and Prof. Udi Lebel have joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as research associates, over the past year.

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The Day After Abbas

| June 14, 2016

Lectures delivered (in Hebrew) at a June conference on “The Day After Abbas: Wither the Palestinian Authority?” The conference dealt with the expected battle for succession in the PA, Israel’s diplomatic dilemmas, and likely international scenarios.

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IDF Challenges

| April 2, 2016

How can and should the IDF adapt to meet new threats, and respond to changes in Israeli society? This was the focus of a day-long BESA Center conference in March 2016 (Hebrew).

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Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean

| February 29, 2016

February international conference on “Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean,” with participants from Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, NATO, the US and Israel. The conference was jointly convened by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and B’nai B’rith International, with the participation of leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The Greek Minister of Defense, Panos Kammenos, delivered a comprehensive and very forceful articulation of Greece’s view of the region.

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