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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – With guest Scott Lasensky, assessing President Trump's record on Israel and his administration's unconventional approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


On this episode of Israel in Depth, Dov Waxman talks to Scott Lasensky, who served as a senior policy advisor in the Obama Administration, about President Trump's record on Israel, his popularity among Israelis, and what the legacy of his administration will be vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recorded Nov. 5, 2020.



Israel in Depth (Episode 9) - Professor Dov Waxman, the director of UCLA's Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks with Scott Lasensky, a professor of Israel Studies at the University of Maryland who previously served as a senior policy advisor on Israel in the Obama Administration. They discussed President Trump's record on Israel, how and why his approach to Israel differed from his approach to other traditional U.S. allies, and whether his administration's controversial actions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will have a lasting impact. 

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About the Guest

Dr. Scott Lasensky is a professor of Israel Studies at the University of Maryland. He was a Senior Policy Advisor on Israel, the Middle East and Jewish affairs in the Obama Administration from 2011-2017. He spent part of this time in Israel, serving as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and he was deeply involved in all aspects of the U.S.-Israel bilateral relationship. He previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Ambassadors to the United Nations Susan Rice and Samantha Power, focusing on Israel, the Palestinians, and Syria. He has also been a resident scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at the Council of Foreign Relations. He is the co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab Israeli Peace (Cornell University Press, 2013) and Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East (USIP Press, 2008), both books co-authored with Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer. He received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and his undergraduate degree from UCLA.

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