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Washington Israel Seminar

A new “Washington Israel Seminar” has been launched in DC

A new forum of scholars whose principal research interests focus on Israel has been launched in Washington, D.C. The “Washington Israel Seminar” held its first meeting, on Friday, February 11, convened by the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park and hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace. 
About 20 scholars from universities around the Washington metropolitan area met to discuss their current projects, plan cooperation and develop research project.

At the second part of the meeting Dr. Gur Alroey of the University of Haifa (currently on sabbatical in the US) presented his latest research on “The Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: the Case of Aa-Shomer Associations, 1907-1914”.

The participants agreed that the number of local academics in the area teaching and writing on Israel Studies has now reached a critical mass, and that such a seminar, held regularly, would be useful to keep in touch and aware of each other’s work. Graduate students specializing in Israel will also be welcome at the seminar.   

Academics in the Washington area whose work focuses primarily on modern Israel are invited to contact Dr. Yoram Peri at if you are interested in being invited to our next meeting.

Institutions represented at the meeting included: American University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, University of Maryland, and United States Institute of Peace.


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