Madeleine Feher Annual European Scholar Series

Designed to bring a European scholar to Israel for a short research fellowship and to develop close working relations between the academic communities of Europe and Israel, the program was generously endowed by Madame Madeleine Feher of Brussels.

Leveraging Iran

| June 21, 2019

Mainstream analysis of the current crisis in US-Iran relations revolves around “maximum pressure” sanctions and potential American military contingencies. There is another move, however, involving a unique set of knights on the regional chessboard – and one that comes straight out of Tehran´s own playbook.

Present and Post-Blair British Middle East Policy

| March 1, 2007

On November 13th, 2006, the British Prime Minister Tony Blair came the closest to articulating his current vision of a British Middle Eastern policy. This policy contained worrying news for Israelis, who for years had viewed Mr. Blair as a strong supporter of Israel and defender of its interests. It is interesting to note the timing of Mr. Blair’s speech, given his intentions to leave office in 2007. In other words, the Prime Minister clearly attempted to introduce a long-term foreign policy framework for his successor.

The Test of the West?

| November 1, 2005

The main objective of this paper is to explore the meaning of the concept of the West, and to use this analysis to better comprehend relations between Europe, the United States and Israel. It will analyze the feasibility of reinventing the West, not only as a geographical notion, but also as a common point of reference.

Europe and Israel: What Went Wrong?

| February 1, 2004

With the Arab-Israeli peace process stumbling, a growing malaise has been inflicted on Euro-Israeli relations as expressed in Europeans’ fierce criticism of Israel’s policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians and in Israel’s distrust of Europe’s motives and actions. While most Europeans condemn terrorism and suicide bombings against innocent Israeli civilians, they remain sympathetic to the plight and national aspirations of the Palestinians. For many Israelis, Europe is morally confused and hypocritical, constantly verging towards appeasement and anti-Semitism.

The Future of Armed Conflict

| December 1, 2002

This lecture takes place on the first anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. About 3,000 people perished right in the middle of two major cities of the most powerful nation in the world. The tragedy touched all of us, directly and indirectly.

EU Defence Policy: Evolution, Prospects and Implications

| December 1, 2001

The further one moves away from European capitals, the more esoteric the topic ESDP is bound to appear. Its motivation and thrust is not easily understood, and confidence in its positive implementation does not abound. Europeans must be prepared for some tough questions. For the sake of a well-based assessment of ESDP and its implications, its historical background and its evolution since 1998 should be taken as a starting point.

Turkish Foreign Policy

| August 1, 1999

With the exception of Germany, surely no other state in the world has been as much affected by the recent changes in the international system as Turkey. After all, in the mid 1980s everything seemed relatively set and straightforward: a strategic enemy in the Soviet Union; a strong Western alliance with Turkey as a valued,

Russia – A Partner or an Adversary? A German View

| June 1, 1998

New BESA Publications  Russia – A Partner or an Adversary? A German View Jorg Kastl Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies Bar-Ilan University On May 27 1997, Russian President Yeltsin and NATO Secretary General Solana signed in Paris the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security.1 Its preamble says: the Western Alliance and Russia do not

The Post-Cold War Transformation of the Atlantic Alliance

| May 1, 1997

The Madeleine Feher European Scholar Lecture 1997 The Post-Cold War Transformation OF THE ATLANTIC ALLIANCE HELGA HAFTENDORN I am greatly honored by your invitation to give this lecture. I am most grateful to Madame Feher and to your Center for giving me this unique opportunity to come to Israel, to learn more about your country