On Friday morning, March 25th 2016, at Columbia Law School there will be a workshop on Challenges to State and Security in Israel, featuring Tal Becker, Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. We are inviting a group of past participants in Academic Exchange’s study missions to Israel, and this workshop is one of a series of AE’s efforts to build an alumni network and to promote collaboration between AE and trip participants’ home institutions. Many of you will remember Tal well from our trips.
The first part of the workshop will involve simulation exercises to explore the challenges and tensions in construing collective identity in Israel’s multi-ethnic and religiously pluralistic society.
Over lunch, we will have an off-the-record discussion with Tal about implications for future Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-US relations of the recent events in the Middle East, including the Iran nuclear deal, the rise of ISIS, growing Sunni-Shia tensions and the expanding role of Russia in Syria.