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Kennedy, Dimona and the Nuclear Proliferation Problem: 1961-1962

Kennedy, Dimona and the Nuclear Proliferation Problem: 1961-1962

by Avner Cohen and William Burr


Middle East Turmoil: The View From Israel With Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon

Israel sits in the center of a turbulent and chaotic region of the globe, and some believe the Middle East has never been more volatile.  With that backdrop, Israel’s Minster of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon visited the Wilson Center to discuss his countries perspective on the ongoing turmoil.

Speakers (listed in order of appearance)
Joseph Gildenhorn, Former Chairman of the Board, Wilson Center
Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar, Wilson Center
Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of Defense, Israel

A Conversation with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich

Itamar Rabinovich, founding President of the Israel Institute, addressed Israel’s views of recent regional and international issues and the challenges and opportunities these issues present.

Director's Forum: A Conversation with H.E. Moshe Ya’alon, Minister of Defense of the State of Israel

Israel sits in a turbulent and chaotic region. Never has the Middle East been as unstable and challenging: a rising Iran; meltdown in Syria; an impasse in the Palestinian issue; Russian intervention and the rise of ISIS. How does Israel prioritize these challenges? And more importantly, what is Israel's strategy for dealing with them?

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation and discussion of these and other issues with Israel’s Minister of Defense.

Current Middle East Meltdown: The View from Israel


Dore Gold, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared his analysis and Israel’s view of the current security and political challenges in the Middle East.

Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation: Just Another Round or Tipping Point?

The Takeaways:

1. This is a “new era” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Mr. Shikaki. Palestinian youth have largely lost faith in the Two-State Solution, the Palestinian Authority and the Arab world at large. They’re now attempting to shape their own destiny.

Four Things That Aren't Helping the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

While the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in years escalates, rivaling that of 2014, the United States is sitting on the sidelines. Prudence is, of course, wise. Still, Secretary of State John Kerry, the Energizer bunny of U.S. diplomacy, is sending signals–almost all the wrong ones–that Washington is getting ready to engage. How the Obama administration should deal with the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from clear. But it is clear that these four things are not helping Mr. Kerry or the situation:

Israel in a Dynamic and Changing Region: A Conversation with Ambassador Michael Oren


Ambassador Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States and current member of the Knesset, shared his analysis of Israel’s role in the Middle East.