Keynote ‚Turmoil and Changes in the Middle East – Europe’s Misconceptions and Misunderstandings‘
Monday, 29 February 2016, 5.30 – 7.00 pm, Hertie School of Governance, Forum
Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa
Tamar Amar-Dahl, Israeli-German historian; Teaching Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Free University Berlin
Jörn Böhme, Advisor on the Middle East and North Africa in the parliamentary group of Alliance 90/The Greens; former Director of the Israel office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Tel Aviv
Markus Kaim, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP); Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance
The event is hosted in cooperation with the German-Israeli Society Berlin and Potsdam e.V. (DIG).
To register, please send an e-mail to events(at)hertie-school.org
Rather than a major step on the road to the renaissance of a once great civilization, the recent eruptions in the Middle East have yet again partly collapsed the century-old dysfunctional order, only to be substituted, in most cases, by either anarchy or renewed oppression. Under the prevailing circumstances the foreseeable future of the region does not look promising.
In this talk, Dr. Dan Schueftan will focus on discussions of the dramatic change in the Middle East and its implications for the region, for Israel, and for the world. He will address the national security situation in Israel, its challenges and solutions to domestic and foreign policy, as well as provide insight on Europe‘s policies towards the Middle East.
In structurally analyzing the roots of this problem, Dr. Schueftan will discuss the widespread deficiency of political and social pluralism in the Arab world, challenges to effective democracy building, and the role of European contributions in establishing political and social stability in the Middle East.
Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, the Director of the International Graduate Program in National Security at that university, a Visiting Professor (2012-2014) at the Department of Government at Georgetown University in Washington DC and a lecturer at the Israel Defense Forces National Defense College. For the last four decades he has been a consultant to Israeli decision makers and to the top echelon of Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, the IDF and The National Security Council.
Since the mid-1970s Dr. Schueftan has been briefing Members and staffers of the US Congress, as well as top professionals and key political appointees in the executive branch. In Europe he has been briefing ministers, parliamentarians, political leaders, senior officers, defense and intelligence officials and government advisors. He regularly lectures at leading universities, research centers and think-tanks in the United States, Europe and East Asia and is a regular source and interviewee on the Middle East for the major media in Israel, the Arab world, Europe, and North America.
Dr. Schueftan has published extensively on contemporary Middle Eastern history, with emphasis on Arab-Israeli relations, Inter-Arab politics and American policy in the Middle East. His books cover a wide variety of topics: A Jordanian Option – Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians (1986); Attrition: Egypt’s Post War Political Strategy 1967-1970 (1989); Disengagement – Israel and the Palestinian Entity (1999). This last book, advocating disengagement, had a considerable effect on Israeli policy makers. Dr. Schueftan most recent book (2011) is Palestinians in Israel – the Arab Minority and the Jewish State.
Dr. Tamar Amar-Dahl is Teaching Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics at the Free University Berlin. Prior to that, she was a Junior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald and a Teaching Associate at the Humboldt-University Berlin. She has published various books on conflicts in the Middle East, including Moshe Sharett. Diplomatie statt Gewalt (2003), Shimon Peres. Friedenspolitiker und Nationalist (2010), and Das zionistische Israel – Jüdischer Nationalismus und die Geschichte des Nahostkonflikts (2012). She studied philosophy and history in Tel Aviv, Hamburg and Munich.
Joern Boehme is the advisor on the Middle East and North Africa in the parliamentary group of Alliance 90/The Greens in the German parliament since 2011. Prior to this he was the director of the Israel office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Tel Aviv from 2006-2010. From 1995-2005 he served as Middle East advisor and coordinated the internal working committee on international policy and human rights in the parliamentary group of Alliance 90/The Greens in the German parliament. In the 1980s he worked in Berlin with Action Reconciliation/Service for Peace being responsible for the volunteer program in Israel. He has published articles and edited books on coping with German history, German-Israeli relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli peace groups and anti-Semitism.
Markus Kaim is Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Adjunct Professor at the Department for Political Science at the University of Zurich, and Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance. Prior to that he was DAAD Professor for German and European Studies at the University of Toronto, Acting Professor for International Relations at the University of Konstanz, Visiting Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., and Assistant Professor at the Department for Political Science at the University of Jena. His areas of expertise are German Defense and Security Policiy, Transatlantic Security Relationship- NATO, Defense and Security Policy of selected NATO partners, and The United Nations and Conflict Resolution. His current focus lies on the political parameters of multinational military operations.