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Middle East Security Forum

Oct 22, 2017
2:00pm to 4:30pm ET

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
New York, NY

In a region long known for its complexity, the Middle East landscape seems to grow more complicated by the week. To help unpack the latest developments—about Iran’s nuclear program, ISIS, the prospects of  a sustainable two-state solution, or Israel’s relations with the wider Arab world— we’re offering this important full-day forum, in partnership with the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS).

Over the course of an opening plenary and choice of two break-out sessions, you’ll get an array of viewpoints from leading analysts and former government officials on:

  • Iran’s Nuclear Program and Regional Posturing
  • Israel’s Relations with the Broader Arab World
  • The Syrian Civil War, ISIS, and Regional Instability
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


Efraim Halevy, former Director, Mossad

Hon. Michèle Flournoy, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, US Defense Department; Co-Founder and CEO, CNAS

HRH Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi Chief of Intelligence; former Saudi Ambassador to the US and UK


  • Brig. Gen. (Res.) Udi Dekel, Managing Director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS); former Head, IDF Strategic Planning Division; Member, CIS
  • Shira Efron, Special Advisor on Israel, RAND Corporation Center on Middle East Public Policy
  • Elisa Catalano Ewers, former Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Security Council; Adjunct Senior Fellow, CNAS
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Director, Middle East Security Program, CNAS; former chief of staff to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
  • David Halperin, Executive Director, IPF
  • Nicholas Heras, Fellow, Middle East Security Program, CNAS
  • Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute
  • Frederick Kagan, Resident Scholar and Director, Critical Threats Project, American Enterprise Institute
  • Kimberly Kagan, Founder and President, Institute for the Study of War
  • Colin Kahl, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden
  • Michael Koplow, Policy Director, IPF; Author of the “Koplow Column”
  • Ariel (Eli) Levite, former Principal Deputy Director General for Policy, Israel Atomic Energy Commission; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Nimrod Novik, former Policy Advisor to Shimon Peres; Israel Fellow, IPF; Steering & Executive Committee Member, CIS
  • Nawaf Obaid, Fellow, Harvard Belfer Center; former Advisor to Saudi Ambassador to US, UK
  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Amnon Reshef, former Commander of the Israel Armored Corps; Founder and Chairman, CIS
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program, CNAS
  • Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Map showing event location
The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center
1 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065