BU Center for Israel Studies to celebrate anniversary with full-day event
As part of the celebration of the founding of Binghamton University’s Center for Israel Studies, a number of events will be held on Monday, April 24, on campus. The day will include an interview with and reading by Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan, and a roundtable discussion about Israel in the Middle East with Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn fellow and director of the Military and Security Studies Program, Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy, and Michael Koplow, policy director, Israel Policy Forum. These events are open to the public.
From 1:15-2:45 pm, Rabinyan will read from and discuss her novel “All the Rivers” with Libman. From 3-4:30 pm, there will be a roundtable on Israel in the Middle East with Eisenstadt and Koplow. All events will take place on campus in the University Union, on the second floor in room 215. For more information, contact the center at IsraelStudies@Binghamton.edu.
Rabinyan was born in Israel to an Iranian-Jewish family. She is the recipient Itzhak Vinner Prize, the ACUM Award, The Prime Minister’s Prize and the Jewish Wingate Quarterly Award (London). Her first two novels “Persian Brides” and “A Strand of a Thousand Pearls” were both international best sellers and translated into 15 languages. In 2014, Rabinyan published her third novel, “Borderlife,” an immediate best seller in Israel. The novel, which has been published in the United State as “All the Rivers,” was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Haaretz newspaper and was also awarded the Bernstein Award for Literature. In January 2016, “Borderlife” became the center of a political scandal in Israel when the Ministry of Education banned the book from high school’s curriculum.
Eisenstadt is the Kahn fellow and director of The Washington Institute’s Military and Security Studies Program. A specialist in Persian Gulf and Arab-Israeli security affairs, he has published widely on irregular and conventional warfare, and nuclear weapons proliferation in the Middle East. Prior to joining the Institute in 1989, Eisenstadt worked as a military analyst with the U.S. government. He served for 26 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve before retiring in 2010. His military service included active-duty stints in Iraq with the United States Forces-Iraq headquarters (2010) and the Human Terrain System Assessment Team (2008); in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Jordan with the U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (2008-09); at U.S. Central Command headquarters and on the Joint Staff during Operation Enduring Freedom and the planning for Operation Iraqi Freedom (2001-02); and in Turkey and Iraq during Operation Provide Comfort (1991). He has also served in a civilian capacity on the Multinational Force-Iraq/U.S. Embassy Baghdad Joint Campaign Plan Assessment Team (2009) and as a consultant or advisor to the congressionally mandated Iraq Study Group (2006), the Multinational Corps-Iraq Information Operations Task Force (2005-06), and the State Department’s Future of Iraq defense policy working group (2002-03). In 1992, he took a leave of absence from the institute to work on the U.S. Air Force Gulf War Air Power Survey.
Koplow is the policy director of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to IPF, he was the founding program director of the Israel Institute from 2012-15. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. In 2012-13, he served as a Young Turkey Young America fellow through the Atlantic Council’s Young Atlanticist program. He writes IPF’s weekly Koplow Column and edits IPF’s Matzav blog, which is considered a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry. He is also the author of the Ottomans and Zionists blog and his work has appeared in Security Studies, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, Foreign Policy, The American Interest and The Atlantic, among other publications. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University.