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.


Ground Truth Briefing | Analyzing Israel's Elections

On April 9 Israelis went to the polls in what may well be one of the most consequential and complicated elections in the nation’s history.

In this Ground Truth Briefing, four veteran analysts and journalists of the Israeli scene discuss the election results and their impact on Israel’s politics, foreign policy, the U.S.-Israeli relationship and the pursuit of peace.

Sewing the Fabric of Statehood: Garment Unions, American Labor, and the Establishment of the State of Israel

Many entities played important roles in the establishment of Israel, but scholars have rarely assessed the American labor movement’s critical part in this endeavor. Historian Adam Howard examines American labor’s crucial role through its support of Histadrut, the General Federation of Jewish Labor in Palestine. In assisting Histadrut, the American labor movement provided vital support to a fellow labor movement that was central to the founding of Israel in 1948.