What the Biden-Harris Administration Means for the Middle East - New Israel Fund Australia

What the Biden-Harris Administration Means for the Middle East

Tue 2 Feb 2021 at 8pm - 9pm

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Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden takes office we will hear from seasoned American Middle East negotiator, and NIF board member, Aaron David Miller and former Knesset member Ksenia Svetlova about how America’s Middle East policy will shift under the new administration.

In four turbulent years as president, Donald Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognised Israeli sovereignty in the Golan, cut US aid to the Palestinians, ended the Iranian nuclear agreement and established unprecedented diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.

So what can we expect from President Biden? Will domestic concerns overshadow foreign policy considerations, particularly when it comes to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Don’t miss what will be a fascinating conversation between two experienced policy makers and commentators as they share their insights on US policy and its impact on Israel and its neighbours.

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Ksenia Svetlova is the director of the Mitvim Institute for Foreign Policy program on Israel-Middle East relations. She is an expert in Middle Eastern affairs, radical Islam and modern Egypt. A former Knesset member, she was a member of the 20th Knesset’s foreign affairs and defense committee.

Svetlova was born in Moscow, Russia, her family made aliyah to Israel in 1991. She holds a BA and MA in journalism and Middle Eastern Studies from Hebrew University and is fluent in Arabic.

She served for 14 years as a reporter and analyst on Arab Affairs for Channel Nine, covering Gaza and the West Bank, and reporting from Tahrir Square, Damascus, Beirut, Manama, and Tripoli. Her reports and op-eds were published by the Jerusalem Post, BBC, Kommersant, Al-Monitor and other Israeli and international media.

Today she also chairs the public council of the Israeli Society for International Development (SID) and is a senior research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former State Department Middle East analyst and negotiator in Republican and Democratic administrations. He is a CNN global affairs analyst, the author, most recently, of the End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President and a member of the global New Israel Fund board.