Downtown Policy Series

The Center for Jewish Civilization is launched its inaugural Downtown Policy Series in 2018. These conversations address timely, interesting, and relevant issues facing the Jewish community and the world at large. Housed in a premier school for international affairs and located in Washington D.C., the Center for Jewish Civilization is uniquely placed to host informed conversations that draw on the breadth of policy-relevant faculty at Georgetown University and thought leaders from around the world.

2018-2019 series


Details coming soon. For inquiries please contact Michael Stecher at



March 6, 2018 at 12:00pm
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies Auditorium.

Two generations after the Holocaust, Europe's Jewish community faces a constellation of threats. Some are familiar: hostility from groups on the extreme left and the return of extreme-right groups that have explicit anti-Semitism at their ideological core. Some, like violence from salafi-jihadist sympathizers, have been growing for some time. Added to this unfortunate mix, several EU Member States have sought to minimize or trivialize the Holocaust, deliberately underreport anti-Semitic incidents of violence, and even peddle in anti-Semitic tropes.

In order to ensure that Jewish life can continue in Europe, how can the European Union and its Member States demonstrate their commitment to the fundamental right of citizens to live in peace, free from abuse and fear? What steps are already being taken to protect vulnerable populations and where can further action be taken?



James Kirchick, Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age


Confirmed Participants:

Sir Eric Pickles, United Kingdom Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues

Katharina von Schnurbein, European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism

Ira Forman, CJC Senior Fellow and former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism


Lunch will be provided for attendees beginning at 12:00pm, discussion will begin at 12:45pm.

For inquiries please contact Michael Stecher at

The REturn of Far-Right Nationalism: The Challenge for the west

January 22, 2018 at 2:00pm.
The National Press Club.

After the Second World War, right-wing nationalism and overt appeals to racism and anti-Semitism receded from the "acceptable" political discourse in liberal democratic countries in Europe and the Americas. In recent years, however, groups from Warsaw to Charlottesville have called for the end of the liberal international order and even embraced fascist and neo-Nazi imagery. What has caused the return of right-wing nationalism to our politics? What can we do to protect the important steps towards tolerance and inclusion that have been won in recent decades?



Rabbi David Saperstein, CJC Senior Fellow and former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom



Ira Forman, CJC Senior Fellow and former Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center

Michael Whine, UK Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance


If you missed our lecture, you can click here to watch it online on our YouTube channel!


For inquiries please contact Michael Stecher at