Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
A seminar with Ami Pedahzur, Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin.
Moderated by Ishac Diwan, MEI Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar and Chaire D'Excellence Monde Arabe, Paris Sciences et Lettres.
About the talk
The talk consists of three parts. First, I will use GIS data to portray the West Bank settlers’ patterns of territorial expansion and demographic growth, rise to power. Second, I will demonstrate the means by which seemingly marginal political groups can shape policy making process. Third, by comparing the cases of the West Bank and Jerusalem settlers to those of the settlers in the Sinai Peninsula, The, Gaza, The Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights, I will explain the demise of the two states solution.
About the speaker
Ami Pedahzur is a Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Israel Studies at UT Austin. His main areas of interest are radicalism, political violence, Israeli politics and methods. His books include: 'The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right' (Oxford University Press, 2012); 'The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle against Terrorism' (Columbia University Press, 2009); 'Jewish Terrorism in Israel' (Columbia University Press, 2009, with Arie Perliger) and ‘Suicide Terrorism’ (Polity Press, 2005). He is currently studying the evolution of Special Operations Forces. For more information, please visit: http://www.pedahzur.com.