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Conference: Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean

February 21, 2017

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The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and B’nai B’rith International are pleased to present the second international conference on:

Strategic Challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Nano-Technology Auditorium (Building 206) Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Open to the public, free of charge.
In English, with simultaneous Hebrew translation.


Greetings:          Mr. Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President and CEO, B’nai B’rith International
Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, President, Bar-Ilan University

9:30       Unfolding Crisis Situations

Chair: Prof. Efraim Karsh, BESA Center
Prof. Eyal Zisser, Tel Aviv University, The Syrian Tragedy
Prof. Boaz Ganor, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), The Challenge of IS and Islamist Terrorism
Prof. Yehudit Ronen, Bar-Ilan University, The Libyan Crisis and Its Implications

11:00    Strategic Responses to the Challenge – National Perspectives

Chair: Mr. Alan Schneider, B’nai B’rith
Prof. Efraim Inbar, BESA Center, Israel
HE Konstantinos Bikas, Ambassador of Greece to Israel, Greece and NATO
Prof. Elena Suponina, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Russia
Prof. Shaul Chorev, Haifa University, Hudson/Haifa Project on Eastern Mediterranean Security

14:30    The Migration/Refugee Crisis and Its Implications

Chair: Prof. Hillel Frisch, BESA Center
Dr. Jonathan Spyer, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Syrian Refugee Realities
Dr. Karin von Hippel, Royal United Services Institute, London, A British Perspective
Ambassador Ünal Çeviköz, A Turkish Perspective

16:00    Homage to Jacqueline Kahanoff – The Humanist Dimension: Institutional and Cultural Dynamics

Chair: Mr. Martin Oliner, Chairman, Religious Zionists of America
Prof. David Ohana, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, The Mediterranean Humanist Idea
Prof. Nissim Calderon, Ben-Gurion University, Cultural and Literary Commonalities
Ambassador Aryeh Mekel, BESA Center, People-to-People Diplomacy, a Practitioner’s Perspective

18:00    Concluding Session

Chair:    Dr. Eran Lerman, BESA Center
Mr. Ditmir Bushati, Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Middle East Security: The View from Tirana
Dr. Daniel Pipes, Middle East Forum, The Threat of Radical Islam and the Future of the Eastern Mediterranean

Concluding address:
Mr. Gideon Sa’ar, Former Minister of Education and Interior and Member of the Security Cabinet (Likud), Israel’s Challenges in the Regional Strategic Environment

A Word of Thanks:
Mr. Gary Saltzman, President, B’nai B’rith International

The conveners thank Mr. Martin Oliner for his generosity and support for this conference.



February 21, 2017


The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
B’nai B’rith International


Auditorium C50, Gonda Nanotechnology Triplex (Building 206)
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