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RSVP to “March 2021 Israeli Election”

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join the Center for Jewish Civilization for a discussion on the March 2021 Israeli Election. Only those who register will receive the Zoom link to access the lecture. RSVP here!

About the Event:

On March 23, 2021 Israel will have its fourth election in two years. After three elections, none of the candidates were able to secure a parliamentary majority. This stalemate forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party and his main rival, Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party, to join forces in an uneasy coalition that only lasted seven months.

During this panel our distinguished speakers will explain why this collapse happened, predict how the fourth election will transpire, and debate what’s at stake for Netanyahu and Israel.

About the Speakers

Professor Robert Lieber is an Emeritus Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University where he has previously served as Chair of the Government Department and Interim Chair of Psychology. He is author or editor of seventeen books on international relations and U.S. foreign policy and has been an advisor to presidential campaigns, to the State Department, and to the drafters of U.S. National Intelligence Estimates. In addition to his latest book, Retreat and Its Consequences: American Foreign Policy and the Problem of World Order (Cambridge University Press, 2016), his recent books include Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline (Cambridge, 2012). He also has taught at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of California, Davis, and has been Visiting Fellow at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques in Paris, the Brookings Institution in Washington, and Fudan University in Shanghai. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard. In addition, he has been a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, Georgetown University’s Career Research Achievement Award, and the Hepburn-Shibusawa Distinguished Senior Lectureship at the University of Tokyo. He is an avid tennis player, and among his other credits is a walk-on part in the Alfred Hitchcock film classic, North by Northwest.

Professor Sarah Fainberg is a foreign policy and security advisor, researcher, lecturer, and author focusing on Russian, Eurasian, and Middle Eastern politics. In addition to her role at the Center for Jewish Civilization, Dr. Fainberg lectures at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Previously, she served as Policy Adviser at Israel’s Ministry of Defense. Additionally, she was a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, and a lecturer of European Affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Sarah has authored and edited three books, including Les Discriminés, L’antisémitisme soviétique après Staline (Anti-Jewish Soviet Discrimination after Stalin, 2014, recipient of Henri Hertz Prize), and Secularism on the Edge: Rethinking Church-State Relations in the United States, France and Israel (2014, with Jacques Berlinerblau and Aurora Nou). Professor Fainberg is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Ulm) in Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics (Sciences Po, Paris), an M.A. in Russian and Eurasian Studies (Sciences Po, Paris), and two B.A.s in Philosophy and Slavic Studies (Sorbonne).

Moran Stern is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park and a Graduate Fellow in Advanced Israel Studies. Since 2012, Stern has been teaching courses at the Center for Jewish Civilization on Israel and the contemporary Middle East. Moran holds an M.A. in International Relations, Economics, and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a B.A. in Philosophy and Communications from Saint Francis College, New York. He speaks Hebrew and Arabic.

Thair Abu Rass is a PhD candidate at UMDGVPT, researching Israeli identity. For over a decade, Thair worked in civil society focusing on employment equality for Arab citizens in the Israeli Public sector. Thair has written extensively in Israeli media on Arab-Jewish relations in Israel.

***For all other accommodation requests, please email cjcinfo@georgetown.edu by March 9. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill all requests.


March 16
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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