The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Dr. Asher Susser, Tel Aviv University, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Since the beginning of the Arab Awakening in early 2011, the Hashemite Kingdom has faced  considerable challenges. These have been exacerbated by the civil war in Syria which has already resulted in an influx of close to 200,000 refugees. So far, King Abdullah of Jordan has weathered these storms remarkably well. Will this continue to be the case?

A former four-term Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University, Asher Susser is Israel's foremost observer of the Jordanian scene. His opening remarks will address three questions: (a) How did the king weather the storm of the Arab Awakening thus far? (b) What challenges is he currently facing, how serious are these challenges, and how well is he coping and addressing them? (c) What's ahead?

Dr. Asher Susser is Professor of Middle Eastern History and the Stanley and Ilene Gold Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He was the Director of the Center for twelve years and has taught for some thirty years in TAU’s Department of Middle Eastern History. He has been a Fulbright Fellow; a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, and the University of Arizona; and a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His most recent book is on Israel, Jordan and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative (2012). He also wrote the Political Biography of Jordan’s Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tall (1994) and is the author or editor of eight other books and a monograph, The Rise of Hamas in Palestine and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World (2010).


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