According to Dennis Ross, diplomat for three presidential administrations and expert on Israel-Palestine issues, peace between the two nations is further out of reach today than at any point in his 30-year efforts on the issue.
Peace cannot be a piecemeal collection, Rabbi Michael Melchior said.
With fiery determination, a love for humanity at large and a simple message, Izzeldin Abuelaish delivered Monday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy titled “Preserving the Middle East Through Philanthropic Initiatives.”
The world watches the future of the Middle East unfold day by day, and the annual Middle East Update will…
Bringing a background in Jewish studies as well as law, Rabbi Uri Regev will present a lecture and a Brown…
Last Wednesday, diplomat and author Dennis Ross sat with political scientist Geoffrey Kemp in the Amphitheater for a discussion on the conflict in Gaza and the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The discussion of international politics was blunt and garnered a warm welcome from Chautauquans.
The Middle East is once again on fire, and Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” sought to explain it in his Monday morning lecture at 10:45 a.m. in the Amphitheater. His was the first lecture in Week Eight’s theme of “Chautauqua’s Global Public Square.”
About five years ago, Ori Soltes and one of his colleagues were lecturing on Shariah at a conference of approximately 200 federal judges and attorneys. During the Q-and-A portion of the presentation, Soltes claimed that Turkey was “positioned to [connect] the East and the West,” and that Turkey now had an opportunity to “re-engage the Arab world, which had been largely hostile to the country for a long time.”
In Aaron David Miller’s view, there is no subject that suffers from more confusion or more controversy than the relationship between the domestic politics of the United States and its policies on Israel.
“Some of it, I would argue to you, is willful misunderstanding and advocacy,” he said. “Much of it is simply a lack of exposure and experience.”
For more than 20 years, Chautauqua Institution has hosted a Middle East Update, an annual program that brings in foreign policy experts to help Chautauquans understand the tightly wound and highly complicated knot of conflicts and relationships in the Middle East.
This year’s Middle East Update begins at 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy and will continue on Aug. 12 and 13 at the same time and place. Today, Geoffrey Kemp, director of regional security programs at the Center for the National Interest, will moderate a discussion with Dennis Ross, diplomat and counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ross is also speaking at today’s morning lecture.