Israel’s National Security in a Changing Middle East: A New Reality

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Date(s) - 05/15/17
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Israel’s National Security in a Changing Middle East: A New Reality

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Dr. Einat Wilf, Author; Former Intelligence Officer, Israel Defense Forces; Former Member, Israeli Parliament

With an absence of a coherent US foreign policy in Israel, and an ever-changing Middle East, what state is Israel’s national security in? Regionally, increased terrorist threats, a deepening Sunni-Shia divide, and the ongoing war in Syria have impacted Israel’s national agenda. Moreover, at home the recent meeting between Trump and Netanyahu revealed Trump’s ambiguity over the two-state solution. How will a new Trump administration shape the Middle East peace process? What does the future hold for Israel’s domestic politics, and its foreign policy? And how will the changing nature of the Middle East impact Israel, its role in the region, and bilateral relations?

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Dr. Einat Wilf

 

Dr. Einat Wilf

Author; Former Intelligence Officer, Israel Defense Forces; Former Member, Israeli Parliament

 

 

Dr. Einat Wilf is an author, and former intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and former member of the Israeli Parliament from 2010 to 2013. Previously she was a chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, and the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People, she was also a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the 18th Knesset. Wilf served as the Baye Foundation adjunct fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, she was a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, and was the Foreign Policy advisor to vice prime minister Shimon Peres. She was a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company, and is the author of four books that explore key issues in Israeli society, from education, to the electoral system and the next generation. Wilf holds a BA in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard University, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge.

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