Jerusalem: 3000 Years of History, 3000 Opinions

Experience Reflection by Scott Boxer   Not long after President Trump announced the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, countries around the world reacted. They spoke about the “gravity of consequences,” as Palestinian Authority President Abbas put it, and threatened to cut diplomatic ties with Israel, like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. […]

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The Middle East is Changing, it is Time to Adapt

Op-Ed by Diliman Abdulkader   The ever-changing political landscape of the Middle East requires for new alliances to take shape, especially as a new threat emerges: Iran. The growing Iranian expansionist ambitions in the region pushes former foes ever closer. A perfect example is the sensible ties between Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United […]

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The Origin of the Relations Between Catalunya and Israel

Op-Ed by José  Eriel Muniz Gomez         Although Catalunya is not an independent state, non-formal relations between the regional Government of Catalunya (Generalitat) and the Government of Israel have been persistent and active since 1986. One of those who has made this closeness possible was Jordi Pujol, President of the Generalitat of […]

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Israel Study Abroad: The 50 Year Anniversary of the Six-Day War

Experience Reflection By Ashley Muse   Last summer I was able to participate in a three-week study abroad program with the School of International Service, led by professor Guy Ziv. During our time in Israel, we traveled from the very Upper Northern region of the country on the Israel-Syria border, to the very Southernmost region […]

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Flags and Rumors: Public Discourse of Israel in Jordan

 Experience Reflection and Op-Ed by Max Lanosga   Arguably the biggest divide in the Middle East, the conflict between Israel and the rest of the Arab World, has manifested itself in threats, economic sanctions and armed conflict. These aspects of the Israeli-Arab divide are the ones that the rest of the world most often sees […]

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Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Culture

Event Reflection by Jessica Horst and Jennifer Kennedy   On Monday, November 13, 2017, the AU Center for Israel Studies hosted famous Israeli chefs both Israeli Jewish and Palestinian,  Einat Admony, Lior Lev Sercarz, Michael Solomonov,  Osama Dalal, and Tom Franz for their conference, “Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society.” Click Here to View […]

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Final Borders in an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement

Research Paper By Gabrielle Burack   At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the dispute over land and borders. The geography of the conflict revolves around three territorial units of Israel: the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. The issue lies in establishing agreeable borders that satisfy both Israel’s and Palestine’s security concerns. Another debate […]

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Israeli-Cypriot Relations:A Special and Strategic Relationship that Transcends Time

CIS Event Reflection By Gabrielle Chishinsky   On Thursday, October 19th, American University’s Center for Israel Studies hosted Leonidas Pantelides- the Cypriot Ambassador to the United States, Einat Weiss from the Israeli Embassy, and Professor Dan Arbell who discussed the strategic and special relationship between Israel and Cyprus.   Leonidas Pantelides is Cyprus’ Ambassador to the […]

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