The U.S.-Israel relationship has been a centerpiece of U.S. Middle East strategy and a main pillar of Israel’s national security strategy for decades. But political relations between the two countries during the past six years have seen some turbulence, even as security cooperation deepens and they continue to share common interests and values at a time of change and uncertainty in the Middle East.
On April 22, please join the Center for American Progress, the Center for a New American Security, and the Israel Institute to take stock of where we are at this crucial stage in U.S.-Israel relations, featuring two expert panels. The first panel will discuss the management of U.S.-Israel relations, and the second will focus on the main issues under discussion between the two states.
Welcoming Remarks (10:30 a.m. ET):
Rudy deLeon, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Panel 1: Managing U.S.-Israel Ties (10:40 a.m. ET – 12:00 p.m. ET)
Rep. Mel Levine (D-CA), Counsel, Century City Office, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Tamara Cofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Michael J. Koplow, Program Director, Israel Institute
Dan Arbell, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution; Scholar in Residence, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences, American University
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Panel 2: Looking Ahead to U.S.-Israel Cooperation on Iran and the Palestinian Issue (12:00 p.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET)
Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, Director of Arab-Israeli Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace
Michael Singh, Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Brig. Gen. Shlomo Brom, Visiting Fellow, Center for American Progress
Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Coffee will be served at 10:00 a.m.