The Webinars

To sustain the exploration of critical issues relevant to Israel and the region, AE is mounting a series of web based, video discussions.

  • 2020

    May 31st 2020

    Public Health and Civil Liberties

    • Stewart Baker: Former General Counsel of the National Security Agency and former Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security
    • Yuval Shani: Lauterpacht Chair in Public International Law at Hebrew University; Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee
    • Matthew Waxman: Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School

    April 6th 2020

    The Political Situation in Israel and the Election

    • Aluf Benn: Editor-in-Chief of Haaretz Newspaper
    • Ben Wittes:Editor-in-Chief of Lawfare and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution

    April 20th 2020
    The Legal and Diplomatic Implications of Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank

    • Tal Becker: Legal Advisor at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Matthew Waxman: Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School

    May 6th 2020
    Whither Europe?

    • Charles KupchanSenior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University
    •  Andrew Moravscik: Professor of Politics and Director of the European Union Program at Princeton University
    •  Nathalie Tocci: Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome, and has served as Special Advisor to the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

    May 13th  2020
    The Changing Arc of US Strategy Toward the Middle East and Asia

    • Karl Eikenberry:Former U.S. ambassador and Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, retired
    • Charles KupchanSenior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of International Affairs in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University
    • Brett McGurk: Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Center for Security and Cooperation at Stanford University

    June 2nd  2020
    Strategic Implications of the Collapse of Oil Prices

    • Amy Jaffe: David Rubinstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations
    • Steve Krasner: Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Senior Fellow at FSI, and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute; former Director of Policy Planning for the US State Department
    • Assaf Orion: Senior Research Fellow at INSS and former head of the Strategic Division in the Planning Directorate of the IDF General Staff

    June 11th  2020
    The Covid Crisis and the Future of Global Institutions

    • Dr. Suerie Moon: Co-director, Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She also directs the Knowledge Network on Innovation and Access to Medicines, a project that aims to maximize the contributions of research and analysis to strengthening the pharmaceutical innovation system, a topic she has researched for over twenty years. Her work is broadly concerned with the intersection of global governance and public health.
    • Mara Pillinger, PhD:  Associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, working on Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative. Her research focuses on the political, organizational, and power dynamics at work behind the scenes of the World Health Organization and major multisectoral global health partnerships.
    • Jon Pevehouse: Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has focused broadly on issues of international organizations and international political economy.

    June 12th, 2020

    A Collaboration with Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program: The UN Security Council and the Use of Force

    The UN Charter reflected a basic bargain: states would accept legal limitations on their individual rights to use force but a Security Council would collectively address urgent threats to peace and security. How has this bargain played out in practice? To the extent that the Security Council has failed to deliver, how has international law adapted—or failed to adapt?

    • Todd F. Buchwald:  Former Ambassador and Special Coordinator for Global Criminal Justice at the U.S. Department of State

    June 16th, 2020

    Soft Power and Global Leadership in an Age of Pandemic:  the Case of China

    • William Kirby: Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration, T.M Chang Professor of China Studies, and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund
    • Sun Zhe: Founding director of the Center for U.S. – China Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is currently a visiting senior research scholar and co-Director of the China Initiative at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

    June 25th, 2020

    A Collaboration with Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program: Introduction to Cybersecurity Law

    • Robert M. Chesney: Robert M. Chesney holds the James Baker Chair and also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition, he is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, a University-wide research unit bridging across disciplines to improve understanding of international security issues.

    July 6th, 2020

    A Collaboration with Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program: Introduction to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

    • Professor Bobby Chesney: James A. Baker III, Chair in World of Law and World Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law

    July 7th, 2020

    Annexation of the West Bank: International and Geo-Strategic Consequences

    • Col. (Ret.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch: Senior research fellow and head of the program on law and national security at the Israel Institute for National Security Studies (INSS); formerly head of the International Law Department in the Israel Defense Forces.
    • Dan Rothem: Senior research consultant for the S. Danliel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and CEO of Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), a non-partisan movement working to promote a two-state solution as part of a regional framework.
    • Keren Yarhi-Milo: Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs and Associate Director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.
    • Ofer Zalzberg: Senior Middle East Analyst in the International Crisis Group; Senior Adviser at the Herbert Kelman Institute for Conflict Transformation.

    July 8th, 2020

    A Collaboration with Columbia Law School’s National Security Law Program: May the President Withdraw from Treaties, and May Congress Prevent Him?

    • Professor Rebecca Ingber: Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center for Law and Security at NYU Law School and Associate Professor at the Boston University Law School

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