Breakout Sessions: Sunday II

.container .managed-content h4 { font-weight: bold; } .container .managed-content ul { margin-bottom: 30px; } Issue Brief - An Iron-Clad Defense

U.S. congressional funding allowed Israel to deploy the state-of-the-art Iron Dome mobile air defense system last March. Placed along Israel's volatile border with Gaza, the Israeli-developed system has intercepted deadly Hamas rocket attacks and is saving lives. Learn more about this remarkable Israeli technology.

Featuring Dr. Ari Sacher Project Manager, Rafael Issue Brief - A Qualitative Military Edge

Over the past year, President Obama and the U.S. Congress have reaffirmed America's policy of maintaining Israel's Qualitative Military Edge (Q.M.E.) in the Middle East. During a period of unprecedented threats and change in the region, how critical is Israel's military superiority to the safety and security of the Jewish state?

Featuring Mr. Yaakov Katz Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst, The Jerusalem Post Issue Brief - China, Russia and the Middle East

In recent years, both Russia and China have increased their political and economic involvement throughout the Middle East. The result has been a set of foreign policies that often counter America's core strategies in this volatile region. How should the United States approach Russian and Chinese involvement in the region?

Featuring Dr. Jonathan Adelman Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver Issue Brief - Deciphering Damascus

For eleven years, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has violently suppressed all forms of civil dissent in his country while increasing ties with Iran and supporting terrorist groups. What impact will recent events have on the Assad regime? Can it survive? Andrew Tabler, the author of the newly released book, "In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria," has the first-hand experience to answer these questions, and any others you may have, about the state of affairs in Syria.

Featuring Mr. Andrew Tabler Next Generation Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Issue Brief - Hizballah's Hold on Lebanon

The Iranian-backed terrorist group Hizballah has evolved into one of the most powerful political and military forces in Lebanon today—cementing the Islamic Republic's footprint in the region. How will the United States and Israel deal with Lebanon?

Featuring Ms. Mara Karlin Fellow, The Johns Hopkins University-SAIS; Levant Analyst Issue Brief - How Foreign Policy Is Crafted

Join this simulation of a meeting between the White House National Security Council and senior congressional leaders as they debate how to handle some of the country's greatest foreign policy challenges. Participants will not only face the complexity of national security issues, but will better understand the multiplicity of views and players in foreign policy decision-making, as well.

Featuring Mr. Jeffrey Colman Deputy Director, Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC Issue Brief - Inside the Islamic Republic of Iran

For decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has brutally cracked down on all forms of political dissent. With revolutionary conflicts raging throughout the region, how long can the regime in Tehran continue to survive?

Featuring Mr. Ali Alfoneh Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute Issue Brief - Israel at the U.N.

From delegitimization to disproportionate scrutiny of its defensive actions, Israel has faced an uphill battle at the United Nations for decades. Now, 64 years after the U.N. voted for the creation of a Jewish state, what is Israel doing to ensure fair treatment at the world body?

Featuring Mr. Eliav Benjamin Counselor for Political Affairs, Embassy of Israel Issue Brief - Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation

Israeli cooperation with the Palestinians has led to record economic growth in the West Bank, as well as improved security in the territory. What impact will Fatah's recent agreement with Hamas and their refusal to engage in direct negotiations with Israel have on this cooperation?

Featuring Dr. Robert Danin Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Head of Mission for the Quartet in Jerusalem Issue Brief - Palestinian Provocations

From Fatah-Hamas unity talks and the pursuit of a unilateral declaration of statehood to rocket attacks and border skirmishes, the Palestinians have unleashed a wave of provocations against the Jewish state. What's next?

Featuring Dr. Jonathan Schanzer Vice President for Research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Issue Brief - Presidents and Prime Ministers

Since 1948, successive American presidents and Israeli prime ministers have been at the forefront of the U.S.-Israel partnership. This session analyzes the historic relationships between leaders of both countries, from Truman and Ben-Gurion to Obama and Netanyahu.

Featuring Ambassador Yehuda Avner Former Advisor to Israel's Prime Ministers; Former Israeli Ambassador to Australia and the United Kingdom; Fellow, The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Issue Brief - Refocusing on Iran

With the Middle East and North Africa in turmoil, some experts believe that the world has lost its focus on Iran's illicit nuclear program. Are global powers doing all they can to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability?

Featuring Dr. Michael Makovsky Foreign Policy Director, Bipartisan Policy Center Issue Brief - Syrian Fallout

The regime of Bashar Assad is struggling to remain in power following months of violent civil unrest in Syria. As the international community continues to question the legitimacy of Assad's rule, what does the current upheaval mean for neighboring Israel?

Featuring Mr. Elliott Abrams Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Deputy National Security Advisor Issue Brief - The Arab Earthquake

From Tunisia to Bahrain, the Arab world has undergone a seismic political shift over the past year, countering decades of authoritarian rule. Will democracy truly find a home in the Arab world or is the future far murkier?

Featuring Dr. Tal Becker International Associate, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Senior Fellow, Hartman Institute for Contemporary Jewish Thought Issue Brief - The Case for Foreign Aid

The United States faces enormous challenges to its security and economic well-being. America's military leaders have warned that the country cannot meet these challenges through military spending alone. U.S. leadership around the globe depends on a robust foreign aid budget—this session explains why.

Featuring Ms. Ester Kurz Director, Legislative Strategy and Policy, AIPAC Issue Brief - Turkey's Precarious Path

This past spring, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party won a third term in office—making him Turkey's longest serving prime minister. How will Erdogan's victory affect already strained relations between Turkey and Israel? Will the one-time model of Islamic democracy continue to embrace the anti-Western regimes of Syria and Iran?

Featuring Dr. Soner Cagaptay Director, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy One on One - AIPAC on Campus

Pro-Israel students have emerged as a potent political force throughout the United States. This in-depth conversation explores current campus trends and forecasts challenges and opportunities.

Moderator Mr. Jonathan Kessler Leadership Development Director, AIPAC One on One - Global Delegitimization Campaign

From the United Nations to other international organizations, the campaign to delegitimize Israel is proliferating around the globe. How can Israel ensure fair treatment in international fora when its mere existence is often questioned?

Featuring Dr. Alan Mendoza Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society The Honorable David Siegel Consul General of Israel, Los Angeles Moderator Mr. Stephen Schneider Director, International Affairs, AIPAC One on One - Living With New Realities

The rapid transformation of the Middle East has left America and Israel with myriad unanswered questions and a host of potential security challenges. How will Israel and the United States adapt long-standing strategies to new regional realities?

Featuring Mr. Ilan Berman Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council Moderator Ambassador Brad Gordon Deputy Director, Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC One on One - Palestinian Leadership Dilemma

Instead of negotiating peace with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has embraced the forces of radicalism and the terrorist group Hamas. Is this a sign of where Palestinian leadership is headed?

Featuring Mr. David Makovsky Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director, Program on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Moderator Mr. David Gillette Deputy Director, Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC One on One - Race for the White House

With only one year to go until the 2012 presidential election, the race for the White House is in full swing. This panel examines the potential candidates for America's highest office and what their candidacy could mean for the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Featuring Dr. Whit Ayers President, Ayres, McHenry, & Associates Inc. Ms. Ann Lewis President, No Limits Foundation Moderator Mr. Robert Bassin National Political Director, AIPAC One on One - The Future of Zionism

In 1902, the founder of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl, wrote, "If you will it, it is no dream." Forty-six years later, Herzl's dream of a modern Jewish state in ancient Israel became a reality. This session delves into the history of modern Zionism and examines its relevancy today in Israel, the United States and the Diaspora.

Featuring Mr. Yossi Klein Halevi Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute; Contributing Editor, The New Republic Moderator Mr. Tom Sawicki Director of Programming, Jerusalem Office, AIPAC One on One - Uncovering the Real Egypt

With revolutionary transformation in Egypt this year, many of the assumptions about this once reliable Western ally have completely changed. What is the new reality in Egypt? Where is the country headed, and where do its people hope the nation will go?

Featuring Dr. Steven Cook Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Moderator Dr. Raphael Danziger Senior Research Advisor, Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC Additional Programming - The AIPAC Tomorrow Campaign Legacy Lounge

Make your commitment to AIPAC a permanent one. AIPAC's endowment team will be in the Legacy Lounge during all breakout sessions to explore with you various planned giving options that might be most advantageous for your estate, including bequests, life insurance and retirement assets. Legacy gifts can be made both charitably and non-charitably to benefit both you and AIPAC.

Featuring Ms. Jodi Kurtis Endowment Director, The AIPAC Tomorrow Campaign

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