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One Week to Israel’s Big Election: What Next? Community-Wide Event featuring Dr. David Pollock, Bernstein fellow at The Washington Institute

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Congregation Beth Emeth
100 Academy Road
Albany, NY

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With just a week to go until Israel’s national election on April 9, polls show a neck-and-neck race for the first time in two decades. At stake are not just Bibi Netanyahu’s personal and political prospects, but the whole future direction of Israeli policy and Israel’s relations with America and with American Jews.

This discussion will explore the factors behind the headlines, the likely immediate
outcome, and the longer-term implications for all of us. Top issues include the still-secret Trump “peace plan,” the debate on the role of Judaism in the Jewish state, the potential for peace with the Arabs or war with Iran, the all-too-familiar tough questions about high-level corruption, and more.  Both a “sneak preview” and a deeper analysis of where we go from here.

NextDor (ages 22 to 40) dinner with Dr. Pollock at 6:00 PM (RSVP below)

RSVP REQUESTED | NO COST | COFFEE & DESSERT RECEPTION (RSVP below)

Presented by Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York and Jewish National Fund (JNF)

Dr. David Pollock, the Bernstein fellow at The Washington Institute, focuses on the political dynamics of Middle East countries. He is the director of Project Fikra, a program of research, publication, and network-building designed to generate policy ideas for promoting positive change and countering the spread of extremism in the Middle East. At the forefront of this effort is Fikra Forum, a unique Arabic-English bilingual online platform that promotes exchanges between mainstream Muslims and Arab democrats and U.S. decision makers and opinion leaders.

Dr. Pollock served previously as senior advisor for the Broader Middle East at the State Department, a post he assumed in 2002. In that capacity, he provided policy advice on issues of democracy and reform in the region, with a focus on women’s rights. He also helped launch the department’s $15 million Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative and the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, working directly with advocates across the Middle East.

From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Pollock served in several other State Department policy advisory positions covering South Asia and the Middle East, including four years as regional expert on the secretary of state’s Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was chief of Near East/South Asia/Africa research at the U.S. Information Agency, where he supervised the government’s study of public opinion, elite attitudes, and media content across the three regions. In 1995-1996, he was a scholar-in-residence at The Washington Institute, where he authored the widely read Policy Paper The ‘Arab Street’? Public Opinion in the Arab World.

Dr. Pollock has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and as assistant professor at George Washington University. He has traveled widely in the Middle East and maintains a large network of contacts in government, academia, and business throughout the region.

Dr. Pollack is a graduate of the Yeshivah of Flatbush High School in Brooklyn, B.A. Harvard College summa cum laude, and Ph.D. Harvard University in Political Science and Middle East Studies.  A 25-year U.S. State Department official, he was in charge of Mideast polling, including calling Israeli elections.  Dr. Pollack is a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and a Senior Advisor for the Broader Middle East (1996-2007).  He is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, French, proficient in several other languages, and personally acquainted with all the major Israeli politicians. 

Dr. Pollack’s publications include several scholarly books and monographs and numerous articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, WSJ, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and many others. 

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