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In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

CIS Events

Dr. Yossi Beilin, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, and Dr. Daniel Kurtzer.The Madrid Peace Conference Legacy Thirty Years Later

Wednesday, October 13
11:30-12:30 
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AU’s School of International Service (SIS) and the Center for Israel Studies (CIS) are pleased to host a special event commemorating the Madrid Peace Conference, featuring three expert panelists with decades of experience in Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking:

  • Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, former spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process
  • Dr. Yossi Beilin, former Israeli minister of justice and founder of the Geneva Initiative
  • Dr. Daniel Kurtzer, former US ambassador to Israel and Egypt

For links to videos of our 2020-21 Antisemitism Series visit the Antisemitism series website.

To watch our recent events, see the CIS Video Playlist.

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About the Center for Israel Studies (CIS)

AU's Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel's history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies.

We invite you to be a part of the growth of our center by attending our programs and offering your support. Your commitment and generosity will ensure that CIS will continue to serve as a model throughout the nation in this growing field.

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Center for Israel Studies Receives Two Major Matching-Challenge Gifts

Meltzer and Trone families donate to $10 million fundraising campaign.

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Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner Wins First Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence

American University’s Michael Brenner has received the very first Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research on the Jewish Experience, established this year by the University of Vienna and the Knapp Family Foundation

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Emily Haber

Anti-Semitism on the Rise

German Ambassador Emily Haber speaks at AU about growing problem in Europe and US

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