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Israel, Antisemitism, and the UN
His forthcoming book, A Lethal Obsession, is a sweeping historical synthesis that examines radical antisemitism especially in the nineteenthand twentieth centuries in Europe, as well as in its diffusion and various expressions in the modern Middle East and Iran. His many publications also include The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph (OUP, 1989) which won the Austrian State Prize for Danubian History and Antisemitism, the Longest Hatred (Pantheon, 1992) which received the Wingate Prize for non-fiction in the UK. It was also the basis for a PBS film documentary which Professor Wistrich scripted and co-edited. In 2007, he published Laboratory of World Destruction, Germans and Jews in Central Europe (University of Nebraska Press).
Presented at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland, November 11, 2009
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Why There Won't Be Peace in the Middle East
Professor Barry Rubin is a professor at the Interdisciplinary University, founding director of Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal and of Turkish Studies. He has written more than a dozen books, and edited or written chapters for many more. During his career he has taught at numerous universities, including American, Bar-Ilan, Georgetown, Hebrew, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Tel Aviv. He also writes the Middle East column for the Jerusalem Post and an international affairs column for the Turkish Daily News.
Presented at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland, November 13, 2009
The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War
Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez
Contrary to previous interpretations, Ginor and Remez provide evidence that the war resulted from a joint Soviet-Arab gambit to provoke Israel into a pre-emptive attack. The authors show that the Soviets received a secret Israeli message indicating that Israel, despite its official ambiguity, was about to acquire nuclear weapons. Determined to destroy Israel's nuclear program before it could produce an atomic bomb, the Soviets began preparing for war--well before Moscow accused Israel of offensive intent, the overt trigger of the crisis.
Presented at the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland,