Interpreting the Results of Israel's Elections
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
041 Haldeman Center
Join the Dickey Center as we welcome Steven Simon, former Presidential advisor on Middle Eastern and North African affairs. Current Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies - US and Corresponding Director of IISS - Middle East.
On January 22, Israeli voters head to the polls to select a new Knesset. The results could have significant implications for the Israel – Palestine peace process, U.S. – Israeli relations and regional security. Come hear about what is at stake in these elections and what the results suggest for the future.
Steven Simon is Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies - US and Corresponding Director of IISS - Middle East. Until this year, he served on the National Security Staff at the White House, where he was the President’s advisor on Middle Eastern and North African affairs. Prior to reentering government service in early 2011, he was principal and senior advisor to Good Harbor Consulting, LLC in Abu Dhabi, which advises the Court of the Crown Prince and key agencies on security matters, as well as adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His work in the private sector was preceded by tenure as Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Council and visiting professor in public policy at Princeton University. Before joining CFR, Mr. Simon specialized in Middle Eastern affairs within the RAND Corporation’s national security and intelligence programs. He came to RAND from London, where he was the deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and Carol Deane senior fellow in U.S. security studies. His duties at IISS followed five years at the White House as director for global issues and senior director for transnational threats on the National Security Council staff. During this period, he was involved in U.S. counterterrorism policy and operations as well as security policy in the Near East and South Asia. These assignments followed a fifteen year career at the U.S. Department of State.
Mr. Simon is the coauthor, with Daniel Benjamin, of The Age of Sacred Terror (Random House, 2002), which won the 2004 Arthur Ross Book Award for best book on international relations, and coeditor of Iraq at the Crossroads: State and Society in the Shadow of Regime Change (Oxford University Press, 2003). He is also the coauthor ofBuilding a Successful Palestinian State (Rand Corporation, 2005) and The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State (Rand Corporation, 2005). Most recently, he coauthored with Daniel Benjamin, The Next Attack (Henry Holt, 2005), which examines the evolution of the jihad since September 11, 2001 and America’s response, and which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2006. His most recent book, co-authored with Dana Allin, is The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America and the Rumors of war (Oxford University Press, 2010). At this time he has resumed work on a new book on the Middle East in the Cold War.
Mr. Simon has published in Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, the Washington Times, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, Survival, the National Interest, World Policy Journal, and other journals. He is a frequent guest on CNN, BBC, ABC, 60 Minutes, Nightline, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox, and NPR.
Mr. Simon has a BA from Columbia University in classics and Near Eastern languages, an MTS from the Harvard Divinity School, and an MPA from Princeton University. He was a university fellow at Brown University, international affairs fellow at Oxford University, and Bosch Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.