Date: Wednesday, June 20,11:30 - 13:00
Location: Schwartz Hall
The Middle East predicament on the eve of the outbreak of the riots was well known: failing economies; soaring unemployment rates; millions of young people who had lost hope for a decent future; government corruption; and human rights violations. Although these characteristics were known and documented, leading experts failed to envision that masses of people would flood the streets and throw themselves in the line of fire. Arab rulers were toppled from their positions and political Islam proved to be the dominant force sweeping the region - but the Middle East has yet to know calm. What is the significance of these changes shaking the Arab world? What will characterize the new Middle East? What are the lessons to be learned from these changes for Israel, do they pose a threat to existing peace agreements, and will it still be possible to advance peace processes in the future?
Ms. Smadar Perry, Israel: Middle East Senior Editor, Yediot Ahronot daily, Israel.
Mr. Mustafa Akyol, Turkey: Columnist, Hurriyet Daily News; political commentator. Author: Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty (2011).
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Dagan, Israel - Chairman, Gulliver Energy; Director, Israel Ports Authority; former Director, The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (Mossad); former Officer, Israeli Defense Forces. Recipient: Medal of Courage.
Mr. Sherif El Diwany, Egypt: Independent Strategy Advisor on Arab Affairs; Senior Director, Middle East and North Africa, World Economic Forum.
Mr. Salameh Nematt, Jordan: Journalist; Communications Strategist; Founder of Pillar Seven.
Ambassador Dennis Ross, USA: Counselor, former Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama; former Senior Director, Central Region, National Security Council; former Special Advisor for Iran, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former Special Middle East Coordinator (Clinton Administration); former Director of Policy Planning, State Department (Bush Administration); Co Chairman, The Jewish People Policy Institute. Author: Statecraft, And How to Restore America's Standing in the World (2007), The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (2004). Co-author: Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (2009).
The panel will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew and English.