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American University’s Meltzer Schwartzberg Center for Israel Studies is a nationally known pioneer (est. 1998) and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies American University’s Center for Israel Studies, a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies, was created to examine and interpret the rich landscape of Israel as a nation and a people. Us

ing a multi-disciplinary approach, the Center goes beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant social culture, multi-ethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges.

05/14/2024
Fun student photo shoot today for CIS fall postcard.
05/01/2024

Fun student photo shoot today for CIS fall postcard.

Today was the last day of classes before exams. Good luck, students!  We were recalling a wonderful visit recently by a ...
04/29/2024

Today was the last day of classes before exams. Good luck, students! We were recalling a wonderful visit recently by a delegation of Israeli teens from a number of Jewish and Palestinian communities in Israel. The teens met in a lively discussion with students and faculty at AU, organized by Jewish and Israel Studies Professor Lauren Strauss. The teens have been engaged for several months in a writing project about their identities and were hosted in DC by Heart of a Nation.

Gorgeous day yesterday for our last spring Israeli politics discussion with SIS Professor Guy Ziv over falafel.  Thanks ...
04/17/2024

Gorgeous day yesterday for our last spring Israeli politics discussion with SIS Professor Guy Ziv over falafel. Thanks to all who participated (some shown here) all year. These biweekly dialogue conversations covered issues such as the future of Israeli democracy, the judicial overhaul protests prior to Oct. 7, US-Israel relations, the trajectory of the Gaza War, and of course Iran’s recent attack on Israel. Not a quiet news year but lots of thoughtful discussion. Thank you Professor Ziv.

Always exciting when alums drop by to visit.  Thank you, Briana McCoy ‘22. So great to have you spend a few hours with u...
04/16/2024

Always exciting when alums drop by to visit. Thank you, Briana McCoy ‘22. So great to have you spend a few hours with us and learn about your work at CUFI

In case you missed our Associate Director Guy Ziv's recent SRO talk on his new book, "Netanyahu vs the Generals," you ca...
04/15/2024

In case you missed our Associate Director Guy Ziv's recent SRO talk on his new book, "Netanyahu vs the Generals," you can watch it here:

March 5, 2024AU Professor Guy Ziv discusses his recent book, Netanyahu vs the Generals: The Battle for Israel's Future, https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009425667...

Recent oped by AU Professor Boaz Atzili:
04/12/2024

Recent oped by AU Professor Boaz Atzili:

On Oct. 7, 2023, a nonstate actor, the violent Palestinian organization in control of the impoverished Gaza Strip, inflicted the worst defeat in the

It has been a big week for cis Associate Director Guy Ziv. Check out his appearance today with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC ...
03/21/2024

It has been a big week for cis Associate Director Guy Ziv. Check out his appearance today with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ignoring President Biden’s warning against an invasion into Rafah as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza continues to worsen. Andrea Mitchell is joined by Raf Sanchez, American University Associate Professor Guy Ziv, and Michael Crowley, New York Times dipl...

Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova graciously invited AU students to a diplomatic discussion at Ukraine House about U...
03/18/2024

Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova graciously invited AU students to a diplomatic discussion at Ukraine House about Ukraine-Israel Relations.

Check out CIS Director Michael Brenner's new essay on conscription of the Haredim in Israel:
03/15/2024

Check out CIS Director Michael Brenner's new essay on conscription of the Haredim in Israel:

The Israel-Hamas war has fueled tensions around military exemptions, but the issue has long roiled Israeli politics.

Fabulous job by our associate Director Professor Guy Ziv on a panel yesterday at Dartmouth College.
02/02/2024

Fabulous job by our associate Director Professor Guy Ziv on a panel yesterday at Dartmouth College.

Join The Dartmouth Political Union (DPU) as it welcomes Ussama Makdisi, Rachel Fish, Khaled Elgindy, and Guy Ziv for a panel on the Israeli-Palestinian confl...

Congrats to CIS Intern Sophie Balmagiya SPA '23 (Summa Cum Laude) on her graduation this weekend.  We will miss you but ...
12/18/2023

Congrats to CIS Intern Sophie Balmagiya SPA '23 (Summa Cum Laude) on her graduation this weekend. We will miss you but wish you lots of success in your legal career. Keep writing!

CIS Associate Director Guy Ziv on fascinating Apple Podcast re: Benjamin Netanyahu’s future.
11/13/2023

CIS Associate Director Guy Ziv on fascinating Apple Podcast re: Benjamin Netanyahu’s future.

‎Show The Briefing, Ep Who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu? - Nov 11, 2023

SIS Professor Guy Ziv's interesting interview on ABC Australia.
11/06/2023

SIS Professor Guy Ziv's interesting interview on ABC Australia.

While Benjamin Netanyahu oversees the war in Gaza, he’s governing a traumatised nation that’s questioning why the terrorist attack by Hamas came without warning on October the 7th. Before the attack, the Israeli leader was under huge political pressure over domestic issues, but were there decisi...

SiS Professor Guy Ziv quoted:
11/05/2023

SiS Professor Guy Ziv quoted:

“Most foreign policy issues do not generate these kinds of strong feelings in the U.S.”

10/29/2023

In this episode, Guy Ziv joins Big World to discuss democracy in Israel, the political longevity of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and current protests over Netanyahu’s attempts to limit the power of Israel’s highest court.

Important conversation on Campus Antisemitism with AU's Pam Nadell in partnership with Columbia University.
10/27/2023

Important conversation on Campus Antisemitism with AU's Pam Nadell in partnership with Columbia University.

On Sunday, October 22 , the IIJS and the American University Program in Jewish Studies co-hosted a webinar with academics Pamela Nadell and Britt Tevis, alongside Columbia student Rebecca Massel: “Unpacking Antisemitism on Campus.” Their discussion spans a wide variety of relevant topics, such

10/14/2023

Our faculty have been doing non-stop media interviews. Here is Professor Guy Ziv last night on CNN. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/video.snapstream.net/Play/64z94R9iZStUEYTCPC4iFt?accessToken=rdaq3w9w22w4__;!!AQdq3sQhfUj4q8uUguY!kw4XJ9wLpl13dPWEKF5Z093Hwv2pQvHvZIQIdkJZhA3d01FOMzlQw1fEnYZH-PlEf7qZagobImskwmhUbfCZRw$

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Professor Guy Ziv in a brand new Big World podcast on Netanyahu and Democracy.
10/02/2023

Professor Guy Ziv in a brand new Big World podcast on Netanyahu and Democracy.

In this episode, Guy Ziv joins Big World to discuss democracy in Israel, the political longevity of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and current protests over Netanyahu’s attempts to limit the power of Israel’s highest court.

Interesting article by Dan Ben-David, one of the speakers at our upcoming conference, "A Nation Torn: Recognizing the Ga...
08/31/2023

Interesting article by Dan Ben-David, one of the speakers at our upcoming conference, "A Nation Torn: Recognizing the Gaps & Building Bridges in Israel’s Society", Sept. 10-11 at American University Meltzer Schwartzberg Center for Israel Studies. Ben-David is head of the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research and a Tel-Aviv University faculty member. He was named 'Person of the Year' by Calcalist newspaper and included 3 times in the Haaretz-TheMarker newspaper’s annual list of Israel’s 100 most influential people.

From the blog of Dan Ben-David at The Times of Israel

Please Join us tomorrow at the JxJ Festival! The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel features the documentary, Sha...
05/16/2023

Please Join us tomorrow at the JxJ Festival! The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel features the documentary, Shadya, and a conversation with producers, film subjects, activists, and martial arts experts. Learn more and find tickets at jxjdc.org/21percent/

https://www.jxjdc.org/events/21percent/?ms=wb_evt_20230429_AllEvents

Tickets Keynote Conversation The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel Our annual program exploring the daily lives and challenges of Arab citizens of Israel. The program features a screening of Israeli documentary Shadya, followed by a conversation with producer and founder of Budo for Peace Da...

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American University’s Center for Israel Studies, a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies, was created in 1998 to examine and interpret the rich landscape of Israel as a nation and a people. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the Center goes beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant social culture, multi-ethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges. The center’s goal is to enhance scholarship and knowledge in the university and the wider community about a multifaceted Israel. Using AU’s expertise in global education, and its central location in Washington, D.C., CIS seeks to serve as a national and international hub for nurturing and catalyzing Israel studies.

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