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.
Aaron David Miller is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, focusing on US foreign policy. He has written five books, including his most recent, The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President and The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace). He received his PhD in Middle East and US diplomatic history from the University of Michigan.
Between 1978 and 2003, Miller served at the State Department as an historian, analyst, negotiator, and advisor to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state, where he helped formulate US policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israel peace process, most recently as the senior advisor for Arab-Israeli negotiations. He also served as the deputy special Middle East coordinator for Arab-Israeli negotiations, senior member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and in the office of the historian. He received the department’s Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Miller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and formerly served as resident scholar at the Georgetown Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has been a featured presenter at the World Economic Forum and leading US universities. Between 2003 and 2006 he served as president of Seeds of Peace, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. From 2006 to 2019, Miller was a public policy scholar; vice president for new initiatives, and director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Miller is a global affairs analyst for CNN. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Foreign Policy, USAToday, and CNN.com. He is a frequent commentator on NPR, BBC, and Sirius XM radio.
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.