Middle East Unrest: What is going on? And what does it mean for Israel?
EVENT DESCRIPTION: In the early days of the regional unrest, the Arab Spring, commentators in the West were keen to identify this as a movement demanding democracy and freedom. In this presentation, Molly Williamson will look at this region's very young population, its economic disparities, power, and constraints, and the emergence of political Islam and question the unrest as both movement and search for democracy. She will examine key players of the region: Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, as well as the impact of Iranian nuclear and hegemonic aspirations on the region. As the region continues to roil, what does this mean for Israel and Palestine: what peace process, and what happens if nothing happens?
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Molly Williamson speaks extensively on energy, economic and demographic factors affecting foreign policy formulation, US-Middle East relations, especially the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iran and nuclear challenges, and the interagency process. She is a scholar with the Middle East Institute; a consultant, and frequent guest lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, World Affairs Councils, and the National Joint Staff College. She has been trained in both Hebrew and Arabic. Williamson is a former Foreign Service Officer, having served six presidents, achieving the rank of Career Minister. Williamson has held a unique combination of policy and leadership positions in the Departments of State, Defense, Commerce, and Energy. She has had numerous postings in the Middle East, including interim ambassador to Bahrain as well as Chief of Mission and Consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process (1991-93) which culminated in the Oslo Accords.
Williamson, a native of California, has been awarded two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, the Secretary of Energy’s Exceptional Service Award,the Secretary of Commerce Performance Award, the Secretary of Defense’ Service Award, and 14 awards from the Department of State.
||1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
||Monday, December 16, 2013
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||Member advance registration - $25 per event
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$100 for any combination of six events
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