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Israel and the New World (Dis)Order: Haaretz-Y&S UCLA Nazarian Center 2023 Conference

Program Schedule

Sunday, March 5, 2023

9:00 AM PST  / 12:00 PM EST / 19:00 Israel



Opening Remarks


9:00 am – Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Israel Studies and Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.


  Aluf Benn, Haaretz Editor-in-Chief



Keynote Opening Interview 


9:15 am – Tzipi Livni, Former Foreign Minister and Justice Minister of Israel in conversation with Amir Tibon, Deputy editor, Haaretz English Edition.



Session I: The Global Resurgence of Ethnonationalism and Populism


9:30 am – Michael Herzog, Ambassador of Israel to the United States 


9:40 am –  Panel Discussion   


Susan Glasser, Staff writer at The New Yorker, co-author of The Divider: Trump in the White House


Dr. Daniel Gordis, Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College


Prof. Eva Illouz, Professor of Sociology, Jerusalem and Paris, Senior Research Fellow Van Leer Institute


Moderator: Esther Solomon, Editor in chief, Haaretz English 



Session II: The War in Ukraine and the New Cold War


10:25 – Yevgen Korniychuk, Ambassador of Ukraine in the State of Israel in conversation with Anshel Pfeffer, Senior correspondent and columnist


10:40 – Panel Discussion


Efraim Halevy, The ninth Director of the Mossad


Ksenia Svetlova, Former Knesset member, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and executive director of ROPES-Regional Organization for Peace, Economics & Security


Amos Harel, Haaretz Defense Analyst


Yair Navot, Journalist and Russia Analyst, former Moscow correspondent for the Israeli public Radio and Yediot Aharonot Newspaper


Moderator: Amir Tibon, Deputy editor, Haaretz English Edition



Session III: Israel’s New Allies and Old Enemies


11:25 pm – Ahmad Tibi, Knesset member and Co-Chairman of Hadash-Ta'al party in conversation with Amir Tibon, Deputy editor, Haaretz English Edition.


11:40 pm – Panel Discussion 


Dr. Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW)


Gregg Carlstrom, Middle East correspondent for The Economist


Noa Landau, Haaretz Deputy Editor-in-Chief


Moderator: Allison Kaplan Sommer, Haaretz journalist



Keynote Closing Interview


12:25 pm – The Rt Hon Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, in conversation with Amir Tibon, Deputy editor, Haaretz English Edition



Audience Q&A Session (questions submitted throughout the conference)


12:45 pm – Prof. Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and Amir Tibon, Deputy editor, Haaretz English Edition




Panel I - Food Security


  • Eilon Adar, Ben-Gurion University | Combined Hydrological and Agricultural Innovations and Novel Technologies that Enable Israel to Overcome Water Scarcity
  • Cullen Hendrix, University of Denver | Farm to Global Market: The Water and Food Security Nexus in Urbanizing Africa
  • Nathan Mueller, UC Irvine | Vulnerability of Agriculture to Climate Change in Africa and the Middle East
  • Panel Chair: Michael Roberts, UCLA

This panel will focus on the critical water issues that are directly linked to the development and sustainability of agriculture as impacted by water resources, the impact of global climate change, shared water resources, irrigation technology and challenges and opportunities for assuring food security in the Middle East and Africa.



Panel II - Health & Environment


  • Charisma Acey, UC Berkeley | Intermittent Water Supply and the Social Determinants of Health in Nigerian and Kenyan Cities
  • David Katz, University of Haifa | Water for nature and environmental flows in Israel and the Region
  • Kellogg Schwab, Johns Hopkins University | Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the Face of Environmental Stressors: Multi-country Assessment of WASH and Effects on Human Health
  • Panel Chair: Hilary Godwin, UCLA

This panel will explore the impact on human health and the environment associated with human, industrial and agricultural activities on water quality and impairment of water supplies. The panel will also address approaches to reducing adverse impacts associated with water scarcity and quality on human health and the environment.



Panel III - Urban Water Scarcity & Technology


This panel will address efforts toward water sustainability in growing urban centers in water-scarce regions in the Middle East and Africa. The panel will also review current and planned efforts to improve water treatment and delivery in urban areas, issues of water transfers and multinational cooperation.



Panel III - Hydropolitics: Regional and Transnational Challenges


  • Hussein Amery, Colorado School of Mines | Water Challenges and Refugee Resettlement in Post-conflict Syria
  • Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep, World Bank | Use of Disruptive Technologies in Transboundary Water Challenges
  • Doron Markel, Israel Water Authority | The “Red Sea – Dead Sea” International Project to Solve Environmental and Water Scarcity Problems
  • Panel Chair: Mekonnen Gebremichael, UCLA

This panel will focus on regional and transboundary conflicts and collaborations with the aim of identifying opportunities that may exist for establishing beneficial relationships among neighboring countries and alleviating water stress in water-scarce regions. Political and economic drivers will also be discussed in relation to water security and sustainability.



Panel V - The Digital City & Sharing Economy



  • Sheizaf Rafaeli, Haifa University
  • Peter Marx, City of L.A. CTO
  • Charles Steinfield, Michigan State
  • Panel Chair: Valerie Brachya, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies



Rita Colwell

Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland at College Park & Johns Hopkins University

Rita Colwell is a Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research on global infectious diseases, water, and health has earned her some of the world’s most prestigious awards throughout her career, including the 2006 National Medal of Science Award, the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate and most recently, the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to solving global water challenges.

Colwell has been a leader in her field by taking a holistic approach to global health, including accounting for environmental variables like climate change. She uses this pioneering approach in her current work focused on developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world.

Colwell previously served as the eleventh director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004 and, as director, also held the position of co-chair of the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council. Colwell has also held a number of advisory positions in the U.S. government, nonprofit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community.

An internationally-respected scientist and educator, Dr. Colwell has authored or co-authored 17 books and more than 750 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, "Invisible Seas," and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is immediate past-president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).



Closing Panel



  • Valerie Brachya, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
  • Thomas Princen, University of Michigan
  • Robert Krueger, Worchester Polytechnic Institute
  • Panel Chair: Stephanie Pincetl, UCLA