The UCLA Center for Middle East Development hosted the event, "Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Region, 1948-2022— A Talk with Author Itamar Rabinovich," on April 4, 2023. Watch or listen to the discussion with Ambassador Rabinovich, followed by an audience Q&A moderated by CMED Distinguished Senior Fellow, Professor Steve Zipperstein.
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About the Book
"Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Region, 1948-2022" is an expanded and updated version of Itamar Rabinovich’s "The Lingering Conflict," published by Brookings in 2012. This new book offers a unique narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process by a senior academic historian who has served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States and as a peace negotiator with Syria.
Rabinovich places the Arab-Israeli relationship in the larger context of Middle Eastern regional and international politics. He also examines Iran’s and Turkey’s new roles in the region. An equally important place is given to the U.S. policy in the Middle East and to the U.S. special relationship with Israel.
This revised new edition covers the signing of the Abraham Accords, the new policies pursued by the Trump and Biden administrations, the full-fledged Syrian civil war, the heyday of the Islamic State, Russia’s military intervention in Syria, the Iranian nuclear drive, and the lengthy domestic political crisis in Israel.
Join us for a discussion with Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, author of "Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Region, 1948-2022," followed by an audience Q&A moderated by CMED Distinguished Senior Fellow, Professor Steve Zipperstein.
About the Panel
AUTHOR— Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich is a professor emeritus of Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University. He is Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, former chief negotiator with Syria in the mid-1990s, and the former president of Tel Aviv University from 1999 to 2007. He is president emeritus and counselor of the Israel Institute in Washington, DC, and Tel Aviv, and a distinguished fellow of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Program. Ambassador Rabinovich is the author of ten books on the modern history and politics of the Middle East, the co-author and co-editor of several other volumes, and the author of numerous essays and papers. His most recent book, “Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, The Arabs, and the Region, 1948-2022,” was published in February 2023 by Brookings Institution Press.
MODERATOR— Professor Steve Zipperstein teaches in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the UCLA Global Studies Program, and the UC Santa Barbara Department of History. Professor Zipperstein is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, and is a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University Law School. He is a former United States federal prosecutor and the former Chief Legal Officer of Verizon Wireless and BlackBerry Ltd.