October 30, 2015

 Eytan Gilboa, Chair and Academic Director, The Israel Public Diplomacy Forum

What are the key characteristics of Israeli society that have affected the formation of the Israeli political system and political culture?  Professor Gilboa will offer insights into the Israeli political arena exploring such elements as political parties, elections, coalition government and representation for religious and ethnic minorities.  He will also address relations between the Israeli government, society, the Supreme Court and the mass media and explore the difficult issues that come from the delicate balance of power between them.

Eytan GilboaChair and Academic Director, The Israel Public Diplomacy Forum
Professor (Emeritus) Eytan Gamboa is a communications and political science expert who founded and directed the School of Communication and the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He received is MA and PhD from Harvard University and a BA in Political Science and International Relations at Hebrew University where he also taught. He has been a visiting professor at leading American and European universities and a senior research fellow at Rand, the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies and the Center for International Communication. He has been a consultant to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Academic Director of International Studies at the Israeli National Defense College and Chair of the Israeli Foreign Service Selection Committee. He is the author of numerous books, articles and book chapters. His most recent book is US-Israel Relations in a New Era: Issues and Challenges after 9/11 (Routledge, 2009.)


St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room. On Friday, October 30, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

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