Professor Jacob Goldberg
Dr. Goldberg has a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Middle East politics, and is a former Senior Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He is the author of The Foreign Policy of Saudi Arabia, and has also published numerous articles in newspapers in Israel and the U.S., including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Monday, March 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
“ARAB WINTER” CHAOS IN FULL SWING: Six Years and Counting
- The state of the Arab world—fragile, failed, and collapsed states
- Sunni-Shi’ite schism, the new Middle East fault line
- Iranian-Saudi wars by proxies
- The Syrian fiasco—one civil war, six conflicts
- Iraq after Mosul: return to civil war or to a unified state?
- Erdogan creates a new Turkey-Kurdish self-rule
- ISIS in decline but Jihadist terrorism on the rise
- Refugees as political pawns
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
IN THE AFTERMATH OF AMERICAN FAILURES — TRUMP'S MIDDLE EAST DILEMMA: Continue Obama’s Retreat or Re-engage?
- Scrap the Iran nuclear agreement?
- Let Putin call the shots in Syria?
- Shift in American priorities— Is Iran or ISIS a bigger threat to US national security?
- Check Iran’s regional ambitions?
- Adopt a new strategy against Islamist Jihadism?
- Put American-Saudi relations back on track?
- Try to jumpstart Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
ISRAELI OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN A CHAOTIC MIDDLE EAST: Trump as an Enigma, Putin as a Challenge
- Trump as a dilemma
- Putin as a challenge
- A new regional landscape—growing cooperation with the Sunni block
- Iran – the “dormant” strategic threat
- The immediate military threats—Hezbollah and Hamas
- What if the Syrian war ends in a Putin/Assad/Iran/Hezbollah victory?
- Palestinian-Israeli deadlock—between Intifada and a Bi-National State
- Israel as a paradox—a high-tech, “start-up” nation vs. a paralyzed political establishment and absence of statecraft
- Shimon Peres—the last founding father
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
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