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"Up Against a Wall: Israel in a Changing Middle East"

Monday, February 6, 2012
12:00 AM
Michigan League, Koessler Room, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor

All sessions are open and free to the public. Sponsored by the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan. For more information, please contact JudaicStudies@umich.edu, or call 734-763-9047.
To what extent do recent developments in the Middle East challenge existing patterns of diplomacy, regional cooperation, decision making and public debates about and within Israel? On February 6, historians and political scientists will gather to discuss "Up Against the Wall: Israel in a Changing Middle East." Designed for scholars, students and the wider public, the full-day conference will explore various political consequences of recent events in the Middle East and the official request from the United Nations to recognize Palestinian statehood on domestic Israeli politics, Israeli-Palestinian relations and international politics. 9:30-11:00 Panel I: "Shifts in Political Decision-Making Processes in Israel and Palestine" Yoram Peri, University of Maryland; Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University Respondent: Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University Chair: Victor Lieberman, University of Michigan 11:15-12:45 Panel II: "Cooperation or Isolation? Israel in International and Regional Politics" Robert Axelrod, University of Michigan; Shai Feldman, Brandeis University Respondent: Mark Tessler, University of Michigan Chair: Gottfried Hagen, University of Michigan 2:00-3:30 Panel III: "Has the Israeli Public Debate Changed?" Sammy Smooha, Haifa University, Frankel Institute Fellow; Sarai Aharoni, University of Michigan Respondent: Zvi Gitelman, University of Michigan Chair: Olena Bagno-Moldavski, Stanford University, Frankel Institute Fellow