Lecture Series

Israel’s democracy is unique in some surprising ways, and completely ordinary in some even more surprising ways.  Without a written constitution, it rests on four fundamentally irreconcilable visions of what democracy should be that coexist in a patchwork of fortuitously vague overlapping consensuses.  Is this a sustainable constitutional arrangement for Israel?  Could it be elsewhere too?

Speaker: Dr. Shany Mor, Israel Democracy Institute, University of Haifa, Israel

Israel’s natural-gas discoveries in 2010 created many economic and foreign policy opportunities for the State, but also set in motion a series of escalating clashes between the countries of the region. In this talk we will discuss the politics over gas production and gas exports in the East Mediterranean Sea, and examine what options Israel has in the near future.

Speaker:  Dr. Elai Retting, Israel Institute Teaching Fellow, Department of Jewish, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Ehud Eiran, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, University of Haifa, and a Visiting Scholar, Department of Political Science at Stanford University speaks.

Once an afterthought in Israeli strategic thinking, the Mediterranean Sea has emerged in the last decade as a major focus of interest for Israel. This, following the discovery of gas in the Israeli exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean, as well as the expansion of the Navy in response to an expected threat from an Iran armed with a nuclear military capability.

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