Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. To Deliver Public Lecture, "Israel and the New, New Middle East," at NYU April 1


Itamar Rabinovich, who served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 1993 to 1996, will deliver “Israel and the New, New Middle East,” on Tues., April 1, at 8 p.m.. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP to fas.taubcenter@nyu.edu or 212.998.8981.

Itamar Rabinovich
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Itamar Rabinovich, who served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 1993 to 1996, will deliver “Israel and the New, New Middle East,” on Tues., April 1, 8 p.m. at New York University (19 West 4th Street, Room 101 [at Mercer Street]). The lecture, sponsored by NYU’s Taub Center for Israel Studies and NYU’s Vice Provost for Globalization and Multicultural Affairs, is free and open to the public. RSVP to fas.taubcenter@nyu.edu or 212.998.8981. Subways: 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); R (8th Street).

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

The notion of a “new” Middle East, which came to fruition in the 1990s, signified a vision or expectation of a positive transformation in the region. The optimism was generated by the end of the Cold War and America’s triumph in the first Gulf War. But this perspective has since been replaced by the gloomy mood of the current decade. Profound changes—the rise of Iranian power, the return of an Islamist Turkey to an active role in the Middle East, the fundamentalist challenge, the decline of U.S. prestige and influence, and the Arab-Israeli stalemate—are shaping a “new, new” Middle East. Observers contend developments call for fresh Israeli thinking about Israel’s place and role in the region and in the international arena. The impending end o 500

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