Moran Stern

ADJUNCT LECTURER

Moran Stern is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Center for Jewish Civilization in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he teaches courses on Israel and the Middle East. In addition, he is a PhD candidate in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland and a Graduate Fellow in Advanced Israel Studies.

Previously, Moran taught at American University’s Center for Israel Studies. His analyses appeared in venues such as The Atlantic, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and Washington Jewish Week. Moran holds an M.A. in International Relations, Economics, and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and B.A. in Philosophy and Communications from Saint Francis College, New York. He speaks Hebrew and Arabic. 

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Courses

INAF 245 The Arab Spring and Israel

The so-called “Arab Spring” has been characterized by the proliferation of failed states as well as state and nonstate actors engaged in terrorist, proxy, and low-level conventional conflicts. How does the Arab Spring affect Israel? How does Israel respond to a transforming regional order? What is Israel’s policy in light of the disintegrating Arab nation-states? What are the implications of the regional turmoil on Israel’s relations with Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinians? What are the ramifications of the Arab Spring on Israel-United States relations? Will Israel find itself in a direct war against the Islamic State (IS)? And, just as important, what are some of the opportunities for Israel amid a transforming Middle East? 

The purpose of this course is to analyze and understand the political, diplomatic, and strategic effects of Arab Spring on the State of Israel.  To augment the students’ understanding of Israel in the context of the broader Middle East, academic readings and lectures will be supplemented with policy papers, grass-root level examples, media, comparative analyses, and guest speakers.

At the start of the, readings and class discussions will enable students to gain a basic understanding of Israel’s foreign policy and national security, including a historical framework for the study of the subjects under scrutiny. The bulk of the semester, however, will be devoted to exploring specific key ramifications of the Arab Spring on Israel’s foreign policy; domestic politics; relations with other regional actors, and the United States; as well as Israel’s strategy towards nonstate actors such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and IS. The course will explore themes and tensions that repeatedly confront Israel in the Middle East. 

INAF 172 Israel: 1948 to the Present

Frequently, Israel is associated with conflict. Since its foundation in 1948, the Jewish State went through seven interstate wars and numerous lower intensity military confrontations. Most recently, Israel fought fifty days against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Israel's concerns from the Iranian nuclear program and the ramifications of the Arab revolts are important item in nowadays international politics. But limiting the study of Israel to strategic studies is simply too narrow. 
The purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to contemporary Israel. The course is designed to go beyond, while not overlooking, the often exclusive study of Israel through the prisms of security issues and the conflict with the Arab world. In this regard, this is the only course at Georgetown University to offer these analyses of Israel. 
The major themes of the course will include: modern Jewish political thought & Israeli history; demography; identity; society; minorities; politics; state and religion; the judicial system; foreign policy; economy; military; culture; and other salient contemporary issues. 
In this seminar we will gradually unfold the experiences of one of the world's most pluralistic societies. To enhance your understanding of Israel, academic readings and lectures will be supplemented with grass-root level examples, films, literature, media, comparative analyses, and guest speakers. 

We will begin the seminar by equipping ourselves with a basic historical framework for the study of the subject under scrutiny. The bulk of the semester, however, will be devoted to exploring key themes and tensions that repeatedly appear across the span of contemporary Israel. Our inquiry will require from us to be interdisciplinary, using tools and insights from political science, history, theology, law, sociology, philosophy, and fine arts. 

Please note: This course does not require any previous background in Jewish, Israel or Middle East studies.