Israel Public Diplomacy Forum to give talks on Mideast

A delegation from the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum will present a series of free discussions in Tucson Nov. 3-4. IPD Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization established to advance international understanding of Israel and the Middle East.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., “Shifting Alliances in the Middle East and Their Impact on Global Terrorism” will feature Eytan Gilboa, Ph.D., chair and academic director of IPD Forum, and Ely Karmon, senior research scholar at the International Institute for Counter Terrorism and senior research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. Gilboa, who has served as a consultant to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, is professor of political science and communication at Bar-Ilan University, visiting professor of public diplomacy at the University of Southern California and chair of the Israel Communication Association. Asher Susser, Ph.D., the Stein Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Arizona, will moderate the event, which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4831 E. 22nd St. Sponsors are the Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors and the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle of Tucson.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m., Karmon will present “The Effects of the Nuclear Deal with Iran on the Balance of Power in the Middle East” at the Haury building, room 129, 1009 E. South Campus Drive. The talk is sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Judaic Studies.

At 1 p.m. on Nov. 4, Karmon and Miriam Haran, Ph.D., head of the MBA environmental management program at the Ono Academic College in Israel and a former director general of the Ministry of the Environment, will discuss “Living and Thriving in a Protracted Conflict: the Story of Israeli Society” at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima St., which is sponsoring the event.