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Missed Opportunities for Peace? The United States, Jordan and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

This seminar session will explore both United States and Jordanian decision-making in the run up to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It will consider in particular the claim made by the former CIA station chief in Amman, Jack O’Connell, that he passed a specific warning about the Israeli plan of attack to King Hussein of Jordan. In his recent book, King’s Counsel, O’Connell presented new evidence about the so-called U.S. ‘green light’ to Israel.

NPIHP partner and former Wilson Center scholar Avner Cohen interviewed in Jerusalem Post

Avner Cohen, senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and a close NPIHP partner was recently interviewed by the Jerusalem Post on Iran’s nuclear program.

The Israeli Domestic Scene after the "Spring," "Summer," and "September"

Galia Golan discussed the domestic political implications in Israel of the Arab Spring revolutions, the Israel Summer Social Justice Protest, and the Palestinian September UN bid for recognition.

On October 14, the Middle East Program hosted a discussion with Golan, former Wilson Center Fellow and Professor, School of Government, Policy and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program, moderated the event. 

Dag Hammarskjold, His Critics, and the United Nations in 1956

Dag Hammarskjold was more controversial as UN Secretary-General in his own time than the afterglow of later decades might suggest. At the time of the Suez crisis in 1956, his critics denounced him as pro-Egyptian while David Ben-Gurion of Israel proclaimed that he was “our number one enemy after Russia.” Hammarskjold not only helped to resolve the Suez crisis but also set in place the UN Emergency Force, which became the conceptual centerpiece for all future UN peacekeeping operations.

Israeli-Greek Cooperation: A New Partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean?

Amid growing problems between Turkey and Israel, a new pact might just be developing with Greece. Recent events in the Eastern Mediterranean have escalated tensions between Israel, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Given this scenario, the U.S., EU, NATO and even UN maybe faced with a new reality in the region. This talk will focus on the Israeli-Greek relationship and pay particular attention to the energy-related politics in the Eastern Mediterranean, at the root of the most recent developments.

Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

The recent attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan and the assassination of former President Rabbani are desperate moves by the Taliban and similar organizations like the Haqqani network, says Jane Harman on Fox News Happening Now.

September Crisis or Compromise: The Palestinians, the UN, and the Peace Process

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Four veteran analysts and observers of Arab-Israeli politics offered their insights about Palestinian, Israeli and American strategies and reactions leading up to the September 20 Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations. 

The Mideast Blame Game

As Palestine prepares to make its case for statehood before the United Nations next month, world powers are maneuvering to ensure they're not to blame for the outcome—and this has only exacerbated the Israel-Palestine standstill, writes Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller in an August 19 op-ed in The Washington Post. Miller writes:

Obama Administration Tells Syrian President to Step Down

The U.S. has finally reconciled its policy between Syria and Libya, says Aaron David Miller, but this does not mark the end of the Assad regime.