Курс «Израиль: история и современность»

Курс «Израиль: история и современность»

Архив 19 марта 2018

МГИМО и Институт Израиля в Вашингтоне открывают пилотный образовательный курс «Израиль: история и современность».

Набор на программу открыт! Приглашаются все желающие, студенты бакалавриата и магистратуры, аспиранты и преподаватели. По прохождению курса слушатели получат сертификат о повышении квалификации.

Для слушателей не из МГИМО вход строго по паспортам.

Курс проводится при поддержке Посольства Государства Израиль в России и Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Course program
Modern Israel
Main topics and lecturers
(Classes on Monday)

February 19
Week 1: Zionism and the birth of the Jewish state, Dr. Ari Roth, Israel Institute

This weeks’ lectures on the history of Zionism and the birth of Israel would focus on continuity and change in Jewish cultural-historical and political history, which combined to create a sort of a “Jewish renaissance." Students will learn about the transformation of the spiritual and religious Zionist idea into a modern, secular Jewish national movement which shaped the political and the cultural foundation of the State of Israel. This transformation took place mainly in Europe and was thus influenced by its culture, literature and modern thought.

Ari Roth
Ariel Ilan Roth is Executive Director of the Israel Institute. He previously served as Director of the Global Security Studies graduate program at Johns Hopkins University. He regularly teaches courses in military strategy and modern war for the Government program at Johns Hopkins, and his interests include Israeli strategic studies, U.S. foreign and defense policy and international relations theory. Ariel is an occasional commentator on foreign policy and security-related topics for both national and international newspapers. He is the author of Leadership in International Relations (2010)which examines the role of leaders in creating an effective balance of power, and articles in professional academic journals. He is a fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and a veteran of the Israeli military. Ariel earned a B.A. from the Hebrew University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

March 5
Week 2: Israeli society: Jews, Muslims and Christians, Prof. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This weeks’ lectures will show that Israeli society is highly diverse. Even within the Jewish Israeli population there are both ethnic divisions and major social gaps. Students will focus on those aspects of multi-ethnicity and multi-religiosity in contemporary Israeli society.

Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi
She is a sociologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and holds a position of faculty fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. Her major academic interest revolves around issues of collective memory and commemoration, and specifically the ways in which societies cope with their difficult pasts and shameful histories. She is also interested in festive and banal commemoration, silence in memory, notifying death, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and high school reunions. Her work appeared in venues of the field such as American Sociological Review and Social Forces. She published her books with the University of Chicago Press, State University of New York Press and Oxford University Press. Between the years 2012-2016 she served as the dean of the faculty of social sciences (and was the first woman to hold this position).

March 19
Week 3: Israeli public policy and technological innovation, Prof. Gad Yair, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This weeks’ lectures focus on the nexus between public policy and technological innovation given the latter has been an integral part of any growing economy and any successful organization around the world. Students will address the various meanings of innovation in Israel and its management and encouragement through public policy. We will review key events and cases, as well as theories and academic studies related to the sources of innovation, the enabling and stifling of innovation, and key success innovation factors.

Gad Yair
Associate professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and former chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department. He holds the Ann and Louis Wolens Chair in Educational Research. His research interests are centered on the role of cultural codes in social theory and the sociology of education and higher education. In 2011, he published The Code of Israeliness: The Ten Commandments for the 21st Century. The book exposes the deep codes of Israeli culture. Written for lay people no less than academics, it explains Israeli culture in terms of the clash between Judaism and Zionism around interpreting the ancient traumas that haunt the Jewish people - from ancient Egypt to modern Iran.

April 9
Week 4: The origins of Israel’s strategic thinking, Prof. Alon Kadish, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This weeks’ lecture surveys the foundation of Israel’s strategic thinking and the way it informed its actions from the pre-Yishuv era to the late 1970s. Students will learn how particular ideological and geostrategic constraints and opportunities have generated a unique approach to strategic questions of security and defense held by the leaders of the Zionist movement and then by the heads of the Jewish State after achieving independence.

Alon Kadish
Alon Kadish received his Ph. D in 1980 from University of Oxford. He is a Professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Land of Israel and its Settlement at the Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi in Jerusalem. He is a senior Research Fellow at the IDF’s Centre for the Study of Tactics and Force Employment, and served as head of the IDF’s history department. He has published numerous books and articles on Israeli military history in the 1940s and especially the 1948 War. His recent book (co-edited with Avraham Sela) The War of 1948: Representations of Israeli and Palestinian Memories and Narratives was published by Indiana University Press in 2016.

April 16
Week 5: Israel’s current security challenges, Brigadier General (ret.), Itai Brun

This weeks’ lecture surveys the national security challenges Israel is facing at present vis-à-vis regional and global actors such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the Palestinians, Turkey, Russia and the United States. Students will learn how the convolutions of recent years have affected Israel threat environment and how Israeli policymakers are addressing these concerns.

Itai Brun
Brigadier General (Res.) Itai Brun served as the head of Israel Defense Intelligence (IDI) Analysis Division from June 2011 to January 2015. In this position he provided ongoing intelligence assessments to the senior military leadership (the Chief of General staff) and the political level (the Prime Minister, The Defense Minister and the Cabinet). Prior to this position, he was the head of the Analysis Department in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence and the first director of the IDF's DADO Center for Interdisciplinary Military Studies. He founded the center in late 2006, after the second Lebanon War, and served as its director till January 2011. Brun is a lawyer and was admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1996. His academic background includes Law and Political Science. He earned his LL.B Degree (Law studies) from Haifa University (cum laude) and a Master's Degree in Political Science (Diplomacy and Security Studies) from Tel-Aviv University (cum laude). Brun is also a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College. Brun has published several publications on intelligence and air power issues. His book Intelligence Analysis - Understanding Reality in time of Dramatic Changes (2015) was published (in Hebrew) by the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center (IICC).

April 23
Week 6: Israel’s regional political-diplomatic challenges and Israel-US relations in the Trump era, Dr. Michael Koplow

This weeks’ lectures survey the political, economic and diplomatic regional issues Israel is most concerned about as well as the relationship between Israel and the United States under president Donald Trump. Students will learn how Israeli policymakers are addressing myriad regionally-oriented political, diplomatic and economic concerns and reconcile them with the current American administration’s regional outlook.

Michael Koplow
He is Israel Policy Forum's Policy Director, based in Washington DC. A regular contributor to Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy magazines, Michael writes the weekly “Koplow Column” and edits IPF’s “Matzav Blog.” Before coming to the Israel Policy Forum, Michael was the founding program director of the Israel Institute from September 2012 through September 2015. He holds a BA in history from Brandeis, a JD from NYU, a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard, and a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown.

May 14
Week 7: Negotiations and the peace process, Amb. Prof., Itamar Rabinovich, Tel Aviv University

This weeks’ lectures focus upon the topic of negotiations and conflict resolution in the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1977 to the present. Students will get study several case-studies of successes and failures of negotiations between Israel and its several Arab neighbors – Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinians.

Itamar Rabinovich
Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich is founding President of the Israel Institute, a Distinguished Global Professor at New York University, and Non-Resident Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy. He is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University and the University’s former President. Ambassador Rabinovich has been a member of the faculty of Tel Aviv University since 1971 and served as Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dean of the Humanities, and Rector. From 1992-1996, he was Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria. Ambassador Rabinovich’s most recent books are The Lingering Conflict: Israel, The Arabs and the Middle East (2011) and The View from Damascus (2009). He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He earned a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

May 28
Week 8: Israeli-Russians and Israel-Russia relations, Amb. Zvi Magen, Senior Fellow, INSS

The weeks’ lectures examine the political and social participation of the immigrants from the former Soviet Union and their involvement in decision-making. Students will learn about this community’s socio-political integration and equal opportunities, tensions and tolerance, common values and cultural differences, political re-socialization and electoral behavior, political parties and associations, diverse discursive frameworks, transnational and sub-national organizational strategies employed by immigrant organizations.

Zvi Magen
Prof. Zvi Magen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University. He joined the INSS research staff following a long career in Israel’s Foreign Service. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the Ukraine (1993–1997), and as Israel’s ambassador to Russia (1998–1999). He served as head of the “Nativ” organisation (the Prime Minister’s Office liaison group for the FSU and Jewish diaspora aff airs) (1999–2006), and he was head of the Institute for Eurasian Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (2006–2009). Zvi Magen served in IDF Military Intelligence, completing his service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Research interests include Russia and the Middle East.