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Environmental Cooperation Between Israel and Its Neighbors

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Masada National Park

Professor and former Knesset member Alon Tal discusses how cooperation between Israel and its neighboring countries is the best path to address the Middle East's growing environmental concerns.

This event is organized by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the UCLA Political Science Department, the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, Hillel at UCLA, IKAR, B'nai David-Judea, Temple Isaiah, and Sinai Temple.

About the Talk

The Middle East is considered a “climate hot spot," which is already showing extreme weather conditions and ecological damage, but this difficult reality also offers an opportunity for a coordinated regional strategy. Because of its modest size, Israel's environmental problems are largely transboundary. Without cooperation with its neighbors, progress in areas from stream restoration to species repatriation will be modest at best. This lecture reviews thirty years of "below the radar" environmental cooperation in the region and considers the present peace process and how it might be leveraged to ensure an ecological dividend for the region.
 About the Speakers


Professor Alon Tal's career has been a balance between academia and public interest advocacy. He is presently a visiting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Between 2021 and 2022, he was a member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and served as chair of the subcommittee for Environmental and Climate Impacts on Health. Previously, he was the chair of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University. Tal has held faculty appointments at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Michigan State, Stanford, Otago, and Harvard. He has founded several environmental organizations, including the Israel Union for Environmental Defense, the Arava Institute Zafuf, and the Israel Forum for Population, Environment and Society. Between 2010 and 2013, Tal served as chair of Israel’s green party, The Green Movement.


Prof. Dov Waxman (moderator) is the director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. He is a Professor of Political Science and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair of Israel Studies at UCLA. He has also been a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oxford University. Professor Waxman's research focuses on the conflict over Israel-Palestine, Israeli politics and foreign policy, U.S.-Israel relations, American Jewry’s relationship with Israel, Jewish politics, and anti-Semitism. He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and four books, most recently The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019). Professor Waxman received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. degree from Oxford University.



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