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Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: This lecture will be open to the public, members and non-members, at no charge.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar


Of all the regions in the world, the Middle East is arguably the most influential in determining the future course of world events.  It is a combination of sacred history that is critical to the major religions, immense critical oil reserves, a restless young population that causes internal political churn, and violent religious extremism.  Add to that the tribal rivalries that simmer around the edges, occasionally boiling over, and look to the center to find Israel, a stable, pro-Western state that feels threatened by its neighbors (with justification) and which therefore takes very aggressive policies in hopes of reducing that threat.  Mix in the Palestinian refugees who have lived for 65 years unassimilated by the Arab states or living under Israeli rule, and you have a political, economic, and human rights stew that has defied resolution.


Dr. Mordechai Kedar will talk about Israel's challenges and opportunities.  Is there a path that will facilitate enabling Israel to live in peace with its neighbors, and what must Israel and the U.S. and the Arab countries do to get us on that path?  Dr. Kedar is well qualified to address these questions, including both the Israeli and Arab perspectives.  He is currently a lecturer on Arabic and Islamic Studies at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he received both his BA and Ph.D. degrees.  He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Military Intelligence Unit of the Israel Defense Force for 25 years specializing in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena.  He is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic and English.  Dr. Kedar has published numerous articles on a wide range of Arab-centered topics and appeared on many discussion panels and TV interviews.


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