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Thirsty Planet: How Water Can be a Source of Conflict or Cooperation

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Gidon Bromberg about the water crisis in the Middle East which has been exacerbated by climate change.  Bromberg also discusses how his organization EcoPeace Middle East brings together Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect the region’s shared environmental heritage and advance sustainable regional development.


West Germany and Israel: Foreign Relations, Domestic Politics, and the Cold War, 1965-1974

Bringing new evidence and analysis to the changes in a fraught historical relationship, Carole Fink will discuss how West Germany and Israel moved in almost opposite directions after 1965: The FRG, the world’s third largest export economy, launched a series of independent diplomatic initiatives in Europe and the Middle East, while Israel, after its 1967 military victory, became increasingly isolated and dependent upon the United States. Yet the two countries remained closely connected by shared security concerns, personal bonds, and the recurrent evocations of the German-Jewish past.

Coping with the Russian Challenge in the Middle East: U.S.-Israeli Perspectives and Opportunities for Cooperation

The following is a 2018-2019 Joint Study conducted by the Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. For information on contributing authors and a PDF version of the report, please see Appendix 1 below.

Executive Summary and Key Takeaway Points

Soviet-Jewish Refugees and Their Political Preferences in the United States and Israel

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, one million Soviet Jewish refugees went to Israel and half a million went to the United States. Thirty years later, what can we say about this group’s political preferences? To what extent are their political attitudes shaped by their Soviet past and to what extent by local political culture? Are there issues unique to this set of voters? Ze’ev Khanin, a leading expert on the Russian Jewish community in Israel and the diaspora, addressed these questions.

Israeli Election: What’s Next?

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we discuss the recent Israeli election results and the implications for that nation’s relationship with the U.S. and the broader Middle East with Aaron David Miller, Distinguished Scholar at the Wilson Center.