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The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

Monday, October 3
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Congressional Meeting Room South (CVC-217)
Capitol Hill
Washington, DC


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Twenty years after the Madrid Peace Conference and the launch of the Oslo era, and a decade after those hopes for peace were shattered by the Second Intifada, the United States and Israel face unprecedented challenges. From attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel at the United Nations to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, from suicide bombers to cyber-warfare, the threats are many and increasing. The political situation in the Middle East following the Arab Spring is tenuous at best. With the Obama administration making the Arab-Israeli peace process the focus of Middle East foreign policy, in order to meet these threats, the United States must work closely with its allies, above all Israel.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation was pleased to sponsor a day-long Hudson Institute/Foundation for Defense of Democracies conference which featured some of the country’s top experts to discuss these important issues.


8:45 am: Registration and Light Continental Breakfast

9:00 am: Welcoming Remarks

Kenneth Weinstein, President & CEO, Hudson Institute

Clifford May, President, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

9:15 am: Peace Process: Expectations and Reality

Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations and former Deputy National Security Advisor

John Hannah, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, former National Security Advisor to Vice President Richard Cheney, and senior advisor to Secretary of State Warren Christopher

Kenneth Stein, William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies and Director of the Middle East Research Program at Emory University

Moderator: Lewis Libby, Senior Vice President, Hudson Institute; former Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard Cheney and former National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney

10:30 am: An Ascendant Iran: The Threat to the U.S. and Israel

Michael Doran, Visiting Professor, New York University and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Senior Director at the National Security Council

Meir Javedanfar, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzilya

Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President of Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Lee Smith, Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute; Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; and Senior Editor, The Weekly Standard

Moderator: Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

12:00 pm: Luncheon address

George Gilder, Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute and author of The Israel Test

1:15 pm: Israel: Value of the Strategic Relationship

Gary Bauer, Director, American Values

Ilan Berman, Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus

Moderator: Hillel Fradkin, Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, Hudson Institute

2:45 pm: The Way Forward: Threats and Opportunities

Peter Berkowitz, Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Robert Lieber, Professor of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University

Joshua Muravchik, Foreign Policy Institute Fellow, SAIS

Abram Shulsky, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Moderator: Douglas Feith, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

4:00 pm: Ambassador Michael Oren

For more information please contact Ioannis Saratsis at [email protected] 

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