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Jerusalem in Crisis? A Conversation with Danny Seidemann

Two experts engaged in a conversation about the increasing tension and violence in Jerusalem and the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Israel and the Region: A Conversation with Yossi Alpher

Two experts held a conversation on Israel’s role in a complex and changing Middle East.

The Coalition of Convenience

In an effort to avoid any parallels to Bush 43's war in Iraq, the Obama administration has studiously avoided the use of the term "coalition of the willing" in its campaign to line up allies in the fight against the Islamic State (IS). It's just as well.

Israel Crosses the Threshold II: The Nixon Administration Debates the Emergence of the Israeli Nuclear Program

DOD’s Paul Warnke Warned Israeli Program is “the Single Most Dangerous Phenomenon In an Area Dangerous Enough Without Nuclear Weapons”

President Nixon Overrode Near Consensus of Senior U.S. Officials on Threat Posed by Israeli Nuclear Program in 1969

NSSM 40 and Related Records Released in Full for First Time

Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014

On September 17, 2014 the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center presented a book launch and discussion of Yair Hirschfeld’s Track-Two Diplomacy toward an Israeli-Palestinian Solution, 1978-2014 with Hirschfeld, Professor, University of Haifa, Director, Economic Cooperation Foundation, Tel Aviv; and commentator Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center. Michael Van Dusen, Senior Advisor, Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Teleconference: Gaza Conflict Resumes After Ceasefire Ends

The breakdown in the 72-hour Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and the resumption of the conflict between Israel and Hamas threatens to take the Gaza crisis to a new level. What are the prospects for escalation and/or for negotiations to de-escalate the situation? Can the requirements of the parties somehow be reconciled? What is the role of the Palestinian Authority and Egypt going forward? And what is the American role?

Join us BY PHONE as two veteran analysts of Israeli-Palestinian politics and security strategy discuss these and other issues.

Who Won the Gaza War?

When elephants fight, the old African proverb intones, it is the grass that suffers.

I think we can pretty well determine now who the big loser was in the third Gaza war: the 1.8 million Palestinians of Gaza (53 percent of whom are under the age of 18). It will take years to rebuild the ruined landscape of the Gaza Strip. Factor in the 1,800 innocents and combatants killed, the thousands wounded, the tens of thousands displaced, and the damage to homes and infrastructure, and I think it's a safe bet to conclude that Gazans lost.

America Needs to End its Obsession with Trying to Fix Everything in Gaza

I worked as a US negotiator on the Arab-Israeli conflict for almost 20 years, and nobody ever lost money betting against peace. When mediators do succeed, it's largely because the locals are ready for a deal – and a need a third party.

Kerry Pushes for Gaza Cease-Fire

As Secretary of State John Kerry implores an end to the current crisis in the Middle East, violence continues in the region. Jane Harman joins NOW With Alex Wagner to discuss on MSNBC.

"If Hamas were to renounce violence, embrace the conditions of the Quartet to enter into a peaceful negotiation with Fatah and Israel, circumstances would change and could change for those people who unfortunately are subject to the rule by this terrorist organization,” said Jane Harman.